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3 Facts About Stephen Hawking You Didn’t Know

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Stephen William Hawking who was named Einstein by his friends is a famous scientist known all over the world for his tremendous contributions in the field of Science of the Universe and his research over black holes. Stephen is memorized as a great source of inspiration to many as he was diligent with an incredibly intelligent mind. Despite his illness, he made huge contributions to the world and is deeply remembered. Read below to know some perplexing facts about Stephen Hawking.

About Stephen Hawking

Born on January 8, 1942, his hometown was in Oxford, England where his family raised him. Education was given high priority and both his parents were graduates of Oxford University. Stephen was a scientist by occupation. He went to Oxford University to study physics and chemistry. Later to pursue further education in cosmology (the science of the origin of the Universe), he admitted himself to Cambridge University. He made great contributions in the field of Science despite the setbacks he faced due to severe illnesses he suffered from. Here are a few amazing facts about this mastermind, Stephen William Hawking. Read below to know more:

Wonderful Facts About Stephen Hawking

World-renowned physicist, cosmologist, and author, Stephen Hawking’s academic achievements have been remarkable and outstanding leaving a colossal impact on the world, here are a few lesser-known facts about the life of this fascinating personality none other than Stephen Hawking:

1. Stephen Was An Average Student In Primary Schooling Years

The Herts school for girls whose former pupils include Stephen Hawking -  HertsLive

Stephen Hawking is considered a genius today but in his early school days, he was quite an average student in the class. He learned how to read and write at the age of 8 and his grades were one of the least at 9 years of age among his peers in class. His inquisitive nature gave him the nickname Einstein from his teachers and friends. Towards the end of high school, he developed an interest in Science and developed an outstanding grasp of time and space. He took admission to Oxford University after cracking a scholarship exam and went on to study physics which he found very boring and easy.

2. Doctors Predicted Stephen Wouldn’t Live Longer

Stephen Hawking (1942–2018)

At the age of 21, Stephen’s family noticed he was clumsy and tripped over more than usual. He was taken to a doctor where tests were conducted whereby he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis known as motor neuron disease in which patients lose control over their voluntary muscles eventually. The doctors predicted he would not live long as his walking and speech impairment deteriorated. However, he proved the doctors’ predictions wrong and passed away at the age of 76.

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3. Stephen Was A Jack Of Many Trades

The Big Bang Theory on Twitter: "In loving memory of Stephen Hawking. It  was an honor to have him on The #BigBangTheory. Thank you for inspiring us  and the world." /
Stephen Hawking along with the cast of The Big Bang Theory

Stephen, despite being a scientist, starred on sitcoms. He made a guest appearance on shows like The Simpsons, The Big Bang Theory, and Star Trek. He also appeared in a science show, A Brief History Of Time, and films on his life story. His skills weren’t limited to acting and also published a children’s book with his daughter Lucy i.e George’s Secret Key To The Universe, which explains concepts like black holes to kids. He published various books on his works which have gained huge momentum.


These were a few facts about Stephen Hawking. Stephen Hawking was an intelligent mind and made huge contributions to the world. He was also a wild wheelchair diver, had tumultuous relations with his first wife, and many more facts attached to this personality. This mastermind, Stephen Hawking passed away on March 14, 2018, and will be deeply remembered for his works and will always be a true-blue inspiration to many. 

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