The Life of Stephen Hawking

The Life of Stephen Hawking

Aliyah Oliver

On Wednesday, March 14, we lost a visionary physicist by the name of Stephen Hawkings. Below is a timeline of his life and achievements.

Jan. 8, 1942~ Born in Oxford, England, the eldest of four children of Frank Hawking, a biologist, and Isobel Hawking, a medical research secretary.

1952~ Attended St. Albans School

1959~ Received a scholarship to attend University College, Oxford, from which he graduated with a degree in natural science.

1962~ Began graduate research in cosmology at Cambridge University.

1963~ Was diagnosed with the degenerative nerve disorder ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, at age of 21. He was given two years to live.

1965~ He marries his first wife, Jane Wilde, a modern languages student he met at Cambridge.

1967~ His first son, Robert was born

1970~ His wife Jane then gave birth to a daughter named Lucy.

1974~ He was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society at age 32, one of the youngest people to receive the honor.

1979~ Became Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge, a prestigious position once held by Isaac Newton. Hawking holds the post until 2009. Jane then gives birth to another child named Timothy.

1985~ Was admitted to a hospital in Geneva with pneumonia. He survives after an operation but loses what remained of his speech. The next year he begins communicating through an electronic voice synthesizer that gives him his trademark robotic “voice”.

1988~ Publishes “A Brief History of Time,” a book on cosmology aimed at the general public that becomes an instant best-seller.

1989~ Made a Companion of Honor by Queen Elizabeth II.

1995~Marries his nurse, Elaine Mason.

2007~ Divorces Elaine Mason.

2014~ His life is celebrated in the Oscar-winning biopic “The Theory of Everything.” based on the memoir “Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen,” by Jane Hawking.

March 14, 2018~ Sadly Stephen Hawkings dies.