Stephen Hawking is regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Einstein.
In 1963, Hawking contracted motor neurone disease and was given two years to live. Yet he went on to Cambridge to become a brilliant researcher and Professorial Fellow at Gonville and Caius College. From 1979 to 2009 he held the post of Lucasian Professor at Cambridge, the chair held by Isaac Newton in 1663.
Hawking has stated that he is "not religious in the normal sense" and he believes that "the universe is governed by the laws of science. The laws may have been decreed by God, but God does not intervene to break the laws." In an interview published in The Guardian, Hawking regarded the concept of Heaven as a myth, believing that there is "no heaven or afterlife" and that such a notion was a "fairy story for people afraid of the dark." In September 2014, Hawking declared himself an atheist.
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England & Wales, Birth Index, 1916-2005 about Stephen W Hawking Name: Stephen W Hawking Mother's Maiden Surname: Walker Date of Registration: Jan-Feb-Mar 1942 Registration district: Oxford Inferred County: Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Middlesex Volume Number: 3a Page Number: 3064 Source Information: Ancestry.com. England & Wales, Birth Index, 1916-2005 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008. Original data: General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes. London, England: General Register Office.
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