Stephen Hawking

Life story

Stephen was born in the university town of Oxford in 1942 in the middle of the Second World War. The eldest of three children, he spent his childhood and adolescence like most other children.A brilliant thinker, he was interested in astronomy and studied at Cambridge.At the age of 21, he was diagnosed with the incurable and fatal disease ALS.He was only given a few more years.In 1968, he married Jane Wilde, with whom he had three children.From 1968 he needed a wheelchair.Despite everything, he went on to have a phenomenal scientific career. From 1985, he could no longer speak and needed a speech computer. His books became world-famous. He left his wife in 1990 and married his nurse, Elaine Mason, in 1995. They divorced in 2006. He died in 2018.

His approach to his history

Hawking was a fighter. One of his most famous sentences was: „When you are confronted with the possibility of an early death, you realize that life is worth living and that there are many things you want to do.“ He tried to make the most of his short life with hard work and tenacious courage.Although he was a 24-hour care case, he never lost his dry sense of humor.This helped him overcome many difficulties.Even in his final years, when he could neither speak nor write.As far as his world view was concerned, he described himself as either an agnostic or an atheist.The biography of his first wife Jane „Traveling to Infinity – My Life with Stephen“ provides a deeper insight.This led to the film „The Discovery of Infinity.