Stephen Hawking

1942 - 2018

Stephen Hawking

Stephen William Hawking (8 January 1942 – 14 March 2018) was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author who was director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge at the time of his death. He was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge between 1979 and 2009. Hawking's scientific works included a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Stephen Hawking has received more than 50,553,867 page views. His biography is available in 131 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 4th most popular physicist.

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Among physicists, Stephen Hawking ranks 4 out of 659Before him are Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and Marie Curie. After him are Michael Faraday, Alessandro Volta, Niels Bohr, Max Planck, James Clerk Maxwell, André-Marie Ampère, Pierre Curie, and Ernest Rutherford.

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Among people born in 1942, Stephen Hawking ranks 2Before him is Muhammad Ali. After him are Muammar Gaddafi, Amitabh Bachchan, Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Eusébio, Harrison Ford, Ratko Mladić, Hu Jintao, Martin Scorsese, and Barbra Streisand. Among people deceased in 2018, Stephen Hawking ranks 1After him are Stan Lee, George H. W. Bush, Kofi Annan, Ingvar Kamprad, Charles Aznavour, Montserrat Caballé, Miloš Forman, Bernardo Bertolucci, Amos Oz, Philip Roth, and Aretha Franklin.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Stephen Hawking ranks 11 out of 5,347Before him are Adam Smith (1723), Elizabeth I of England (1533), Charlie Chaplin (1889), Francis Bacon (1561), Winston Churchill (1874), and John Locke (1632). After him are James Watt (1736), Queen Victoria (1819), Richard III of England (1452), Thomas Hobbes (1588), Michael Faraday (1791), and Henry VIII of England (1491).