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Stephen William Hawking

(1942-2018), Theoretical Physicist

Sitter in 11 portraits
Mathematician and theoretical physicist. Hawking was Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University, a post famously held by Sir Isaac Newton. Aged twenty-one, he was diagnosed with a degenerative motor neurone disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Overcoming the severest physical disabilities, he made revolutionary contributions to science through his early research on relativity which led him to study the Big Bang, the creation of the universe and black holes. Hawking produced several best-selling books including A Brief History of Time (1988), Black Holes and Baby Universes (1993) and The Universe in a Nutshell (2001). His life was the subject of a 2014 film, The Theory of Everything.

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Stephen Hawking with his sons, by Lord Snowdon - NPG P1884

Stephen Hawking with his sons

by Lord Snowdon
gelatin silver print, 1 March 1984
NPG P1884

Stephen Hawking, by Yolanda Sonnabend - NPG 5799

Stephen Hawking

by Yolanda Sonnabend
oil on canvas, 1985
NPG 5799

Stephen Hawking, by Yolanda Sonnabend - NPG 6802(1)

Stephen Hawking

by Yolanda Sonnabend
pencil, 1985
NPG 6802(1)

Stephen Hawking, by Yolanda Sonnabend - NPG 6802(2)

Stephen Hawking

by Yolanda Sonnabend
pencil, 1985
NPG 6802(2)

Stephen Hawking, by Yolanda Sonnabend - NPG 6802(3)

Stephen Hawking

by Yolanda Sonnabend
pencil, 1985
NPG 6802(3)

Stephen Hawking, by Juliet Van Otteren - NPG P489

Stephen Hawking

by Juliet Van Otteren
bromide print, 1991
NPG P489

Stephen Hawking, by Frederick George Rees Cuming - NPG 6764

Stephen Hawking

by Frederick George Rees Cuming
oil on board, 2005
NPG 6764

Stephen Hawking, by Denis Waugh - NPG x134846

Stephen Hawking

by Denis Waugh
C-type colour print, September 1978
NPG x134846

Stephen Hawking, by Richard Ansett - NPG x199386

Stephen Hawking

by Richard Ansett
C-type colour print, 2015
NPG x199386

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