Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking – World-renowned Physicist Dies Aged 76

14 March 2018

Tributes have been pouring in from around the world following the death, earlier today, of Stephen Hawking - widely regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Einstein. NASA Tweeted “May you keep flying like superman in microgravity, as you said to astronauts on @Space_Station in 2014”.

His story is truly remarkable, not only for his contribution to the field of theoretical physics, but also for his strength and persistence in continuing his work as a scientist despite a diagnosis of motor neurone disease at the age of 21. The original prognosis was grim and Hawking was given two years to live, but he carried on doggedly, becoming a brilliant researcher and teacher, despite his disability. He has been awarded numerous honours and was a fellow of the Royal Society, a member of the US National Academy of Science, and the Emeritus Lucasian Professor for Cambridge, a prestigious title that has been previously held by Isaac Newton and Charles Babbage, amongst others.

You can learn more about his work in the international bestseller The Brief History of Time 2694, and The Grand Design 8799, both available from the Calibre Library.

In 2014, Hawking’s life and early work was portrayed in the film The Theory of Everything, starring Eddie Redmayne as Hawking and Felicity Jones as Jane, his first wife; the film draws heavily on the book Travelling to Infinity 10355, Jane’s memoir. You can also learn more about his remarkable life and career in Stephen Hawking: His Life and Work by Kitty Fergusson 9513.

Hawking also co-wrote several books for children with his daughter Lucy including George’s Cosmic Treasure Hunt 616930 and George and the Big Bang 617174.

At the time of his death Stephen Hawking was the Director of Research at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) and Founder of the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology (CTC) at the University of Cambridge.