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Stephen Hawking Facts

Stephen Hawking was born on Galileo Galilei’s 300th death anniversary.

Stephen Hawking has flown in zero gravity. He was the first quadriplegic to do so.


Stephen Hawking was born into a well-educated household. Both of his parents were Oxford University academics.

Stephen Hawking theorized that black holes emit radiation, which eventually proved correct. This radiation is now termed Hawking radiation.

Stephen Hawking almost died in 1985 because of a lethal infection. He was somehow saved with an emergency operation but he lost his voice completely.

Stephen Hawking has travelled to all seven continents despite his physical limitations.

Stephen Hawking’s teenage friends used to call him ‘Einstein’.

Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Most patients with this disease die within four years, but Hawking survived more than 50 years.

His book ‘A Brief History of Time’ is one of the best-selling science books of all time. It sold over 10 million copies.


Stephen Hawking has featured in a number of television programs. 'The Big Bang Theory,' 'Star Trek: The Next Generation,' and 'The Simpsons' are among them.

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