Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Professor Stephen Hawking

Professor Stephen Hawking

Biography forStephen Hawking

Date of Birth8 January 1942, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Birth NameStephen William Hawking
Elaine Mason
(16 September 1995 - present) (filed for divorce)
Jane Wilde
(July 1965 - 1995) (divorced) 3 children
Decorated Commander of the British Empire [1981]
Received an honorary BA degree from Oxford University, and a PhD from Cambridge, (1981), Notre Dame (1982) and New York University(1982). [1978]
Was born exactly 300 years after the death of Galileo.
Awarded the CBE (Companion of the Order of the British Empire) in 1982.
Was made a Companion of Honour in 1989.
Has been awarded many honorary degrees and is a Fellow of The Royal Society and a Member of the US National Academy of Sciences.
Occupies the same post, as Lucasian professor of mathematics at Cambridge University, as was earlier occupied by Sir Isaac Newton.
Acquired (the incurable) Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) (also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease) in the early 1960s. Can now barely move or talk...but can yet think. And humankind continues as beneficiary of this man's brilliance.
He appeared as guest star in a Star Trek episode, and asked the crew to make a tour of the Enterprise. When he saw the Warp drive he said "I'm working on that..."
Is a fan of the vintage British science-fiction TV show "Doctor Who" (1963).
The only person ever to play himself in any Star Trek film or series.
Is a fan of the television show "Red Dwarf" (1988).
Has played himself in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987), "The Simpsons" (1989) and "Futurama" (1999).
He and his first wife, Jane Wilde, had three children: Robert (b. 1967), Lucy (b. 1969), and Timothy (b. 1979).

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