Stephen Hawking

Arguably one of the most important scientific figures in history, Stephen Hawking was a physicist and author who translated his groundbreaking theories on the nature of the universe into several best-selling books ... Read more »
Born: 01/08/1942 in Oxford, UK

Filmography

Actor (24)

Genius by Stephen Hawking 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Big Bang Theory 2012, 2014 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Himself

The Simpsons 1999 - 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Voice

David Blaine: Real or Magic 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Hawking 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Unbelievers 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Stephen Hawking's Grand Design 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Surviving Progress 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Curiosity 2011 (Tv Show)

Host

Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Masters of Science Fiction 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Host

The 11th Hour 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Futurama 2000 (Tv Show)

Voice

Universe 2001: Beyond the Millennium 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Great Composers 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Bioperfection: Building the New Human Race 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Black Holes: The Ultimate Abyss 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Stephen Hawking's Universe 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

A Brief History of Time 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Astronomers 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Alien Planet (TV Show)

Himself
Writer (1)

A Brief History of Time 1992 (Movie)

("A Brief History of Time") (Book as Source Material)

Biography

Arguably one of the most important scientific figures in history, Stephen Hawking was a physicist and author who translated his groundbreaking theories on the nature of the universe into several best-selling books, including <i>A Brief History of Time</i> (1988). Though physically debilitated by the effects of a motor neuron disease, Hawking expanded not only the boundaries of science and physics through his work on black holes and the theory of relativity, but also introduced a mass audience to concepts that were previously the sole domain of the scientific community. Hawking's work helped to expand the scope of human understanding in terms that could be understood by all, and contributed to his status as one of the best-known and most widely recognized scientific figures of the 20th and 21st centuries.

EDUCATION

University of Oxford

1959 - 1962
Physics/Chemistry

Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge

1966 - 1969
Research Fellowship

Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge

1962 - 1966
General Relativity/Cosmology

Milestones

2009

Awarded Presidental Medal of Freedom

2001

Publishes <i>The Universe in a Nutshell</i>

1992

Documentary "A Brief History of Time" is released

1989

Made a Companion of Honour

1988

Publishes <i>A Brief History of Time</i>

1982

Named Commander of the Order of the British Empire

1973

Publishes first book, <i>The Large Scale Structure of Time-Space</i>

1966

Obtains PhD from Oxford

Bonus Trivia

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Earned a reputation while at Gonville and Caius for reckless wheelchair piloting.

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Co-authored three children's books with daughter Lucy, including George's Secret Key to the Universe in 2007.

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Experienced zero gravity in 2007 while in a flight simulator.

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Among his more controversial theories include his belief in alien life, his theory that computer viruses are a form of life, and that human engineering would be necessary to avoid being declared obsolete by computers.

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Appeared as himself on "The Big Bang Theory."

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Voted one of the 100 Greatest Britons by a 2002 BBC poll.

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Expressed support for assisted suicide for terminally ill individuals in 2013.

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Has participated in advertisements for National Savings, British Telcom and other companies.

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His synthesized voice was recorded for the 1999 single "Keep Talking" by Pink Floyd.

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Was one of the youngest scientists ever inducted into the Royal Society.

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