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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. Between 1979 and 2009, he was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge, widely viewed as one of the most prestigious academic posts in the world.Hawking was born in Oxford into a family of physicians. In October 1959, at the age of 17, he began his university education at University College, Oxford, where he received a first-class BA degree in physics. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Stephen Hawking has received more than 72,520,313 page views. His biography is available in 139 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 135 in 2019). Stephen Hawking is the 4th most popular physicist, the 11th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 12th 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 717Before him are Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and Marie Curie. After him are Michael Faraday, Wilhelm Röntgen, Alessandro Volta, Max Planck, Robert Hooke, Pierre Curie, Hans Christian Ørsted, and James Prescott Joule.

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

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Stephen Hawking ranks 11 out of 7,765Before him are Elizabeth II (1926), John Locke (1632), Francis Bacon (1561), Elizabeth I of England (1533), Winston Churchill (1874), and Charlie Chaplin (1889). After him are James Watt (1736), Henry VIII of England (1491), Queen Victoria (1819), Thomas Hobbes (1588), Richard III of England (1452), and Michael Faraday (1791).

Among PHYSICISTS In United Kingdom

Among physicists born in United Kingdom, Stephen Hawking ranks 2Before him are Isaac Newton (1643). After him are Michael Faraday (1791), Robert Hooke (1635), James Prescott Joule (1818), James Clerk Maxwell (1831), William Gilbert (1544), Paul Dirac (1902), J. J. Thomson (1856), Thomas Young (1773), James Chadwick (1891), and Charles Thomson Rees Wilson (1869).