Stephen Hawking: Black Holes and Stardom

Get to Know More about the Work and Life of the British Physicist

Stephen Hawking: Black Holes and Stardom

If you wish to know more about Stephen Hawking, we listed some books and movies you might want to check out. There is a lot to know about the famous physicist’s life and work.


Stephens Hawking’s Works

Listed as number 25 in a list of 100 greatest Britons made by the British Broadcast Corporation (BBC), Stephen Hawking was a theoretical physicist and cosmologist well-known for his work on the study of the “basic laws which govern the universe”. These studies include concepts such as black holes and general relativity.

Hawking was born on January 8th, 1942, in Oxford, England. He studied Physics at the University of Oxford and was awarded a degree in natural science. He started his research in Cosmology at the University of Cambridge in 1962 and received his Ph.D. 3 years later, after delivering his thesis titled “Properties of Expanding Universes”. He later became a professor at the same university. From 1979 to 2009, Hawking held the position of Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, a position which previously belonged to Isaac Newton.

Stephens Hawking’s Personal Life

At the age of 21 Hawking was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS): a rare neurological disease that affects nerve cells in charge of the voluntary command of muscles. Movements, such as walking or even talking, are affected by the condition. ALS worsens over time and unfortunately still has no cure. Due to this disease, Hawking used a wheelchair. He also utilized a speech program which captures the eye movement and generates speech, which allowed him to communicate.

Stephen Hawking was praised for making physics interesting for a larger population. He wrote fourteen books in total which have been read by  huge population of avid readers. Hawking's “participation” in the music industry (his electronic voice was used as a sample in Pink Floyd's songs), guest appearances in TV shows such as The Big Bang Theory, Star Trek: The Next Generation (as a simulation), Simpsons, and Futurama, turned the physicist into a beloved pop culture figure.

Hawking passed away on March 14th, 2018 at the age of 76 in his home in Cambridge. He lived 53 years longer than doctors said he would when he was diagnosed with ALS.

Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking

Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking

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This television mini-series, produced by the Discovery Channel, was first released in 2010. With most of the narration done by Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Hawking discusses aliens, time travel and the Big Bang over the span of three episodes. It is worth a watch.

A Brief History of Time

A Brief History of Time

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Published in 1988, this is definitely the most famous book written by Stephen Hawking. Translated into 40 languages, it breaks the rules by being a publication about physics made for the general public.

George’s Secret Key to The Universe

George’s Secret Key to The Universe

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Stephen Hawking and his daughter Lucy worked on a series of books for youngsters; this is the first of that series. In this volume we get to meet George and follow him on an adventure in which he learns about science.

My Brief History

My Brief History

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If you are interested in knowing more about Hawking's personal life, then this is the book for you. The biography follows his journey from childhood to stardom as a renowned physicist as well as his struggle with ALS over time.

The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything

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The biographical movie stars the Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking and Felicity Jones as Jane Hawking. It is a beautiful staging of the relationship between the physicist and his first wife. The movie is based on the book Travelling to Infinity – My Life with Stephen, written by Jane.