43 Facts About Stephen Hawking

1. Stephen Hawking predicted a race of superhumans will take over the world.

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2. Stephen Hawking was a great theoretical physicist and cosmologist, perhaps the most important since Einstein.

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3. Stephen Hawking had a few Simpsons guest spots in his time, including a memorable episode where he spun records and rapped to a Flight of the Conchords song about creative artistry.

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4. Stephen Hawking received the 2015 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Basic Sciences shared with Viatcheslav Mukhanov for discovering that the galaxies were formed from quantum fluctuations in the early Universe.

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5. Stephen Hawking feared Donald Trump's policies on global warming could endanger the planet and make global warming irreversible.

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6. Stephen Hawking was greatly concerned over health care, and maintained that without the UK National Health Service, he could not have survived into his 70s.

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7. Stephen Hawking was disappointed by Brexit and warned against envy and isolationism.

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8. Stephen Hawking believed a United Kingdom withdrawal from the European Union would damage the UK's contribution to science as modern research needs international collaboration, and that free movement of people in Europe encourages the spread of ideas.

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9. In August 2014, Stephen Hawking was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian expressing their hope that Scotland would vote to remain part of the United Kingdom in September's referendum on that issue.

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10. Stephen Hawking was born on the 300th anniversary of Galileo's death and died on the 139th anniversary of Einstein's birth.

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11. Stephen Hawking died at his home in Cambridge, England, early in the morning of 14 March 2018, at the age of 76.

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12. Stephen Hawking told Jane that he was leaving her for Mason, and departed the family home in February 1990.

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13. In the late 1980s, Stephen Hawking had grown close to one of his nurses, Elaine Mason, to the dismay of some colleagues, caregivers, and family members, who were disturbed by her strength of personality and protectiveness.

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14. On 20 July 2015, Stephen Hawking helped launch Breakthrough Initiatives, an effort to search for extraterrestrial life.

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15. Stephen Hawking quickly conceded that he had lost his bet and said that Higgs should win the Nobel Prize for Physics, which he did in 2013.

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16. Stephen Hawking continued his writings for a popular audience, publishing The Universe in a Nutshell in 2001, and A Briefer History of Time, which he wrote in 2005 with Leonard Mlodinow to update his earlier works with the aim of making them accessible to a wider audience, and God Created the Integers, which appeared in 2006.

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17. Stephen Hawking maintained his public profile, including bringing science to a wider audience.

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18. Stephen Hawking pursued his work in physics: in 1993 he co-edited a book on Euclidean quantum gravity with Gary Gibbons and published a collected edition of his own articles on black holes and the Big Bang.

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19. One of the first messages Stephen Hawking produced with his speech-generating device was a request for his assistant to help him finish writing A Brief History of Time.

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20. Stephen Hawking had maintained ties to Caltech, spending a month there almost every year since this first visit.

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21. Stephen Hawking estimated that he studied about 1,000 hours during his three years at Oxford.

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22. Stephen Hawking was a member of the Advisory Board of the Starmus Festival, and had a major role in acknowledging and promoting science communication.

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23. At the 2016 Pride of Britain Awards, Stephen Hawking received the lifetime achievement award "for his contribution to science and British culture".

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24. Stephen Hawking has made major contributions to the field of general relativity.

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25. Stephen Hawking used his fame to advertise products, including a wheelchair, National Savings, British Telecom, Specsavers, Egg Banking, and Go Compare.

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26. Stephen Hawking was featured at the Monty Python Live in 2014.

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27. Stephen Hawking allowed the use of his copyrighted voice in the biographical 2014 film The Theory of Everything, in which he was portrayed by Eddie Redmayne in an Academy Award-winning role.

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28. In June 2017, Stephen Hawking endorsed the Labour Party in the 2017 UK general election, citing the Conservatives' proposed cuts to the NHS.

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29. In August 2012, Stephen Hawking narrated the "Enlightenment" segment of the 2012 Summer Paralympics opening ceremony in London.

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30. Stephen Hawking returned to Cambridge in 1975 to a new home and a new job, as reader.

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31. Stephen Hawking accepted, and Bernard Carr travelled with them as the first of many students who fulfilled this role.

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32. In 1979, Stephen Hawking was elected Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge.

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33. Stephen Hawking returned to Cambridge in 1975 to a more academically senior post, as reader in gravitational physics.

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34. Stephen Hawking was appointed to the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished visiting professorship at the California Institute of Technology in 1970.

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35. In 1969, Stephen Hawking accepted a specially created Fellowship for Distinction in Science to remain at Caius.

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36. Stephen Hawking started developing a reputation for brilliance and brashness when he publicly challenged the work of Fred Hoyle and his student Jayant Narlikar at a lecture in June 1964.

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37. Stephen Hawking began his university education at University College, Oxford, in October 1959 at the age of 17.

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38. Stephen Hawking began his schooling at the Byron House School in Highgate, London.

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39. Stephen Hawking had two younger sisters, Philippa and Mary, and an adopted brother, Edward Frank David.

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40. In 2002, Stephen Hawking was ranked number 25 in the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons.

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41. Stephen Hawking was a fellow of the Royal Society, a lifetime member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.

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42. Stephen Hawking has been called the most insightful theoretical physicist since Albert Einstein.

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43. In 2009, the physicist Stephen Hawking had thrown a party, and no one showed up.

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