Stephen Hawking(1942-2018), Theoretical Physicist
Stephen William Hawking
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. His early research on relativity led him to study the Big Bang, the creation of the universe and black holes. He had a progressive neuromotor disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He used a wheelchair and spoke through an electronic voice synthesizer. 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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