The parents of physicist Frhen Hawking’s Biank and Isobel Hawking moved from North London to Oxford, England. At that time, the country was suffering a lot from 2nd World War. Therefore, Oxford was considered a safe place to give birth.
2. His connection with Galileo Galilei
His birthday i.e January 8, 1942 was the 300th anniversary of the death of astronomer and physicist Galileo Galilei.
3. Hawking as Einstein
During his school times, Stephen Hawking was nicknamed as- Einstein. Great, right?
4. He built a Computer
At the St. Albans School, he built a computer along with his group of friends and his Mathematics teacher Dikran Tahta from an old telephone switchboard, clock parts, and other recycled components.
5. He had only 2 Years to live
In 1963 at the age of 21, Stephen was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a motor neuron disease and doctors told him that he had only 2 years to live.
6. He was raised in a studious family
His father, Frank, and mother, Isobel, both attended the University of Oxford. He had two younger sisters (Philippa & Mary) and one adopted brother, Edward. They often spent their meals silently reading a book.
7. Hawking On Television
He appeared on television multiple times. His animated version appeared on ‘The Simpsons’ (American Sitcom) for which he lent his voice himself. He also appeared on ‘Star Trek: Next Generation.’ He was also featured in popular documentary shows like ‘Stephen Hawking: Master of the Universe’ and ‘Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking.’
8. The fact about his accent
Although he was a British, the mechanical voice in his speech synthesizer had an American accent.
9. Hawking and Pope
Pope John Paul II didn’t always support his views as both had contradictory ideologies. According to Pope- there should be no argument over who created the universe as it’s obviously God, while, according to Hawking- it’s Science that can explain the creation of the universe.
10. He passed away on PI day
In the early hours of March 14, 2018, Stephen Hawking died peacefully at his home in Cambridge. It was coincident that on the day of his death, it was the 30th anniversary of Pi Day, a day for celebrating the mathematical constant pi.