Stephen Hawking Essay

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If you were to mention the name "Stephen Hawking" in a group of people, a few different things may come to mind. You may think of his controversial views on religion, his debilitating disease, or his theories of how the universe was formed. This essay will dive into all of these topics, including many other facts of Stephen Hawking's life.
Stephen Hawking was born on January 8, 1942, exactly three hundred years after the death of Galileo. He was born to parents Frank and Isobel Hawking in Oxford, England. His parents lived in north London, but due to the Second World War, Oxford was considered a safer place to deliver a child. Around his eighth birthday, his family moved to St. Albans, a town located about twenty miles north of London. He then began to attend St. Albans School, where he was around a middle of the class student. After graduating from St. Albans, he went on to attend Oxford University. Stephen originally wanted to study mathematics at Oxford, but the course was not offered at the time. He then majored in physics, and after three years of very little work, he graduated with a first class honors degree in Natural Science. A few years later, Stephen moved on to study Cosmology at Cambridge University. While at Cambridge, he met his future wife, Jane Wilde, who was attracted to his sense of humor. He went on to graduate with honors and is still a part of the college today, as he holds an office at the Department for Applied Maths and Theoretical Physics.
Only a few days after his twenty-first birthday, Stephen was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). This disease causes the slow degeneration of motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord, which leads to the loss major muscle movement and eve...

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...hey ever found one. It does, however, give geniuses like Stephen Hawking something to think about and study every day.
Hawking is also seen as a very controversial figure due to his outspoken disbelief of religion. He has published many books on the topic of how the universe was created, including The Grand Design. He is an outspoken atheist, and has never hid that opinion from the public. This affects society by giving people another view on religion and how the universe was created.
Stephen Hawking has lived a strained personal life due to all of the challenges in his life. His first marriage to Jane Wilde, ended with divorce in 1991. Hawking then married a former nurse and long time friend, Elaine Mason, in 1995. However, the marriage ended bitterly in 2007. He currently lives in Cambridge, England, with multiple nurses who help take care of him.

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