Stephen Hawking

1942 - 2018

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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 was born in Oxford into a family of doctors. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Stephen Hawking has received more than 55,488,447 page views. His biography is available in 135 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 131 in 2019). Stephen Hawking is the 4th most popular physicist, the 12th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 11th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular British Physicist.

Stephen Hawking is most famous for his contributions to physics and cosmology, in particular his theory that black holes emit radiation.

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Among physicists, Stephen Hawking ranks 4 out of 721. Before him are Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and Marie Curie. After him are Michael Faraday, Wilhelm Röntgen, Max Planck, Alessandro Volta, Niels Bohr, James Prescott Joule, André-Marie Ampère, and Ernest Rutherford.

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

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Stephen Hawking ranks 12 out of 6,924. Before him are Elizabeth I of England (1533), Charlie Chaplin (1889), John Locke (1632), Francis Bacon (1561), Winston Churchill (1874), and James Watt (1736). After him are Ragnar Lodbrok (850), Queen Victoria (1819), Thomas Hobbes (1588), Michael Faraday (1791), Henry VIII of England (1491), and Richard III of England (1452).

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Among physicists born in United Kingdom, Stephen Hawking ranks 2Before him are Isaac Newton (1643). After him are Michael Faraday (1791), James Prescott Joule (1818), James Clerk Maxwell (1831), Robert Hooke (1635), J. J. Thomson (1856), Paul Dirac (1902), William Gilbert (1544), James Chadwick (1891), William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin (1824), and Charles Thomson Rees Wilson (1869).