Stephen William Hawking was the former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge and author of A Brief History of Time which is an international bestseller.
In 1963, Hawking contracted motor neurone disease and was given two years to live. Yet he went on to Cambridge to become an excellent researcher and was regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Einstein. He faced many challenges which inspired millions, showing fantastic determination. Here at Great Baddow High School, the students reflected upon these factors, and they feel these are all attributes they aspire to affiliate with themselves, resulting in our students proudly wearing their Hawking House badge to represent the specialist science college that we are.
Theoretical physicist, cosmologist.
Produced ground breaking theories related to different aspects of cosmology and many leading academic papers, including pioneering work on the nature of black holes.
His mainstream book ‘A Brief History of Time’ sold millions, brought physics and cosmology to the masses and gave him celebrity status.
He co-authored with his daughter a series of successful children’s books on physics and cosmology.
Was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21 and given two years to live. Overcame depression to return to his studies and battled against the condition all his life (eventually died aged 76).