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Stephen Hawking Early Life University studies Health Later life Stephen Hawking was born on 8 January 1942 to Frank and Isobel Hawking. He has two younger sisters, Philippa and Mary, and an adopted brother named Edward. Hawking's first school was the Byron House School; and while he was there he never learned to read. In 1950, his family moved to St Albans, Hertfordshire. They lived sparingly in a large, cluttered house, spending their meals with their nose in a book. Many people thought that they were very intelligent. The family thought that education was one of the most important things. At school he was known as 'Einstein', and succeeded in many scientific subjects. He decided to study mathematics at university, but then chose physics and chemistry instead. Soon after, Hawking was awarded a scholarship to Oxford University. He started in October at the age of 17, but was bored and lonely, as he was younger than many other students. But gradually, he became more popular. He received a first class honours degree, and went on to study at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. But then, he started to suffer with his health. He started to become clumsy, and his speech slurred. When his family took him to the doctors, he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease, and a life exxpectancy of two years. While he became very depressed, he also began a relationship with Jane Wilde. They were engaged in October 1964. But Hawking's disease grew, and he had difficulty walking without help. His speech became worse, and you could barely make out what he said. Despite this, he began to gain a reputation for brilliance. People began to debate the creation of the world, and he and Jane were married on July 14th 1965. A son named Robert was born in May 1967, but Hawking started to struggle with his physical abilities yet again. But, though his disease continued to grow until Full transcript
he was almost completely paralysed and couldn't speak, he did many great things. He wrote many books and essays, was married and divorced twice, and had two children. Many people think of him as one of the greatest scientists to exist, due to his work in physics. He was even in the Simpsons!