Stephen Hawking

by Zach and Phillip

General Facts

•Birth: January 8th, 1942 in Oxford, England (Parents attended Oxford University).

•Death: He is somehow still alive :P.

•Alma Mater: University of Cambridge, and Oxford University.

•Parents: Frank and Isabel Hawking.

•Wives/Children: Jane Wilde, Elaine Wilson/ Robert, Lucy, and Timothy Hawking.

•Institutions: University of Cambridge, California Institution of technology, and Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics.

Greatest Contribution to Astronomy - Hawking Radiation

He discovered Hawking radiation. Which is the radiation produced by quantum effects acting just outside a black hole.

Hawking radiation is formed when two sub atomic particles are created from nothing, right against a black hole. Usually these particles instantly collide into each other, destroying one another as fast as they were created. But when this occurs next to a black hole, one of these particles is sucked into the black hole while the other continues to exist outside the black hole. This is than the radiation that you see outside a black hole, or now known as Hawking radiation.

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Did you Know....? (Five Cool Facts About Hawking.)

Stephen Hawking, despite his contribution to science, has yet to be given the Noble Peace prize.

Was born on the 300th anniversary of Galileo's death.

He was a slacker in school.

When he was nine he was the lowest ranked by grades.

He had an Aversion to Biology.

"I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road."- Stephen Hawking