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Stephen William Hawking

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Stephen William Hawking

by David Gamble
colour print, 1988
14 in. x 11 1/8 in. (356 mm x 283 mm) uneven
Purchased, 1995
Primary Collection
NPG P632

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Stephen Hawking's illness is the most severe case of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ever documented. Symptoms of the disorder first appeared when Hawking lost his balance and fell down a flight of stairs whilst enrolled at Cambridge University. Hawking was diagnosed with a motor neurone disease at the age of 21. Hawking gradually lost the use of his arms, legs and voice and was almost completely paralysed by 2009.

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