Stephen Hawking

Overcoming ALS, Even At Age 74

Stephen's Childhood

Stephen William Hawking was born on January Eighth, 1942 in Oxford, England. His family moved to St. Albans when he was age eight. Then at age eleven he went to St. Albans School and moved on to Oxford, University College. Stephen wanted to study Mathematics, but it wasn't available at University, so he decided to study Physics. After three years of work, he was awarded a first class honours degree in Natural Science. After this, Stephen went to Cambridge and studied Cosmology.
Stephen hawking Biography

Stephen Is Diagnosed With ALS

At age twenty-one, Stephen was diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrigs Disease. Even though most people live less than ten years with ALS, Steven has lived for more than fifty. He eventually lost the ability to control all his muscles except for his cheek muscles. Today he communicates through a computer hooked up to the muscles in his cheeks. His disability didn't stop him from studying Physics and Cosmology though. Even today, at age seventy-four, he is still studying and teaching at Cambridge.

Stephen's Current Life

Today Stephen Hawking teaches at Cambridge University. He also has three children and three grandchildren. He has won a total of seventeen medals, prizes, and awards. Steven's current title is, The Dennis Stanton Avery and Sally Tsui Wong-Avery Director of Research at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. He also has a total of twelve Honorary Degrees.

Stephen's Awards

Stephen has won a total of seventeen awards, medals, and prizes.


  • The Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • The Copley Medal
  • The Albert Einstein Medal
  • The Hughes Medal
  • The Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society
  • The Eddington Medal
  • The Franklin Medal
  • The Maxwell Medal
  • The Dirac Medal of the Institute of Physics

  • The Albert Einstein Award
  • The Prince of Asturias Award for Concord

  • The Wolf Prize in Physics
  • The Fonseca Prize
  • The Adams Prize
  • The Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics
  • The Maxwell Prize
  • The Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics.

Memorable Quote

Stephen Hawking said,"My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn't prevent you from doing well, and don't regret the things it interferes with. Don't be disabled in spirit as well as physically."

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