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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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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

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Stephen Hawking with his sons

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



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