|Born||8 January 1942
|Institutions||University of Cambridge|
|Alma mater||University of Oxford
University of Cambridge
|Doctoral advisor||Dennis Sciama|
|Known for||Black holes
|Notable awards||Prince of Asturias Award (1989)
Copley Medal (2006)
Stephen Hawking, CH CBE FRS (born 8 January 1942) is an English theoretical physicist and mathematician. He was born in Oxford. In 1950, he moved to St Albans, Hertfordshire. He is one of the world's leading theoretical physicists. Hawking has written many science books for the public, people who are not scientists.
He has a motor neurone disease, and because of that he cannot move or talk very well. The illness has worsened over the years and he is now almost completely paralysed. He uses a wheelchair to move, and an Intel computer to talk for him.
Early life and education[change | change source]
Hawking went to St Albans School, a local public school in Hertfordshire. At 17, he passed an exam to study at Oxford. He studied physics and chemistry there. Because he found it really easy at the beginning, he didn't study a lot for the final exams. He just managed to get a First, which he needed to do a PhD in Cambridge.
In October 1962 he started his graduate course at Trinity Hall. It was at this time that his illness started to show up. He had difficulties in rowing and then even simply in walking. However, he finished his PhD and wrote about black holes in his thesis. He then got a fellowship (a job as a university teacher) at Gonville and Caius College in 1965.
Selected publications[change | change source]
Technical[change | change source]
- Singularities in Collapsing Stars and Expanding Universes, with D.W. Sciama, 1969. Comments on Astrophysics and Space Physics. Vol 1 #1
- The Nature of Space and Time with Roger Penrose, foreword by Michael Atiyah, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1996, ISBN 0-691-05084-8
- The Large Scale Structure of Spacetime with George Ellis, 1973 ISBN 0-521-09906-4
- The Large, the Small, and the Human Mind, (with Abner Shimony, Nancy Cartwright, and Roger Penrose), Cambridge University Press, 1997, ISBN 0-521-56330-5 (hardback), ISBN 0-521-65538-2 (paperback), Canto edition: ISBN 0-521-78572-3
- Information Loss in Black Holes, Cambridge University Press, 2005
Popular[change | change source]
- A Brief History of Time, Bantam Press 1988. ISBN 0-553-05340-X
- Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays, Bantam Books 1993. ISBN 0-553-37411-7
- The Universe in a Nutshell, Bantam Press 2001. ISBN 0-553-80202-X
- On The Shoulders of Giants. The Great Works of Physics and Astronomy, Running Press 2002. ISBN 0-7624-1698-X
- A Briefer History of Time, Bantam Books 2005. ISBN 0-553-80436-7
- God Created the Integers: the mathematical breakthroughs that changed history, Running Press, 2005. ISBN 0-7624-1922-9
Children's books[change | change source]
- George's Secret Key to the Universe, with Lucy Hawking. Simon & Taylor Blevins Publishing 2007.
Notes[change | change source]
|Einstein field equations
- A theoretical physicist is someone who uses information from experiments to make predictions about the world.
- "Stephen Hawking's Universe" (HTML). PBS Online. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/hawking/cosmostar/html/hawking.html. Retrieved 2008-06-11.
- "Stephen Hawking to give up prestigious Cambridge title". http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2008/10/24/hawking-cambridge.html.