Who was Professor Stephen Hawking?

Professor Stephen Hawking smiling

This is Professor Stephen Hawking.

He was a world-famous scientist.

Find out more about him, below.

Photograph of Stephen Hawking.

Key facts

  • Professor Stephen Hawking was a very clever scientist.
  • He wrote many best-selling science books.
  • At the age of 22, he was only given a few years to live. But he lived to 67 and became one of the world’s greatest scientists.

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  • Stephen said he didn't learn to read properly until he was eight years old.
  • When he was a young man, he liked to drive his electric wheelchair too fast. He ran over the toes of some students!
  • Later on, because of his disease, he was only able to speak with a special computer. He controlled it by moving his cheek.
Professor Stephen Hawking speeding in his wheelchair.

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