Stephen Hawking is a well-known physicist, Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University. He is an author of best-selling book A Brief History of Time. He is best known for his contributions to black hole theory and scientific cosmology. He has been called the most insightful theoretical physicist since Albert Einstein.
Stephen William Hawking was born on January 8, 1942, in Oxford. His father was a medical doctor who specialized in tropical diseases. When the boy was 8 years old, the Hawkings moved to the small town of St. Albans. His mother liked to travel while her husband was in Africa, and the family visited many exotic places.
Since early childhood Hawking was interested in cosmology. He always liked controlling things, and he built a great number of models during his childhood.
At the age of 10 Stephen entered secondary school. He developed passions for mathematics and classical music.
Hawking and his friends built a basic computer called LUCE, which they programmed to solve addition problems. In their teens, the group experimented with the metaphysical.
At the age of 17 Hawking applied to University College at Oxford. The second year, he joined the rowing team and became popular.