Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76, after spending most of his life confined to a wheelchair from debilitating ALS. His genius was known around the world and he forever changed our knowledge of physics and the world around us. Hawking was diagnosed with ALS in 1963, and he passed away peacefully in his home, possibly from complications of ALS. He leaves behind three children, including his talented daughter Lucy Hawking, who is an accomplished writer. Here’s everything you need to know about Lucy Hawking.
1. As a Child, She Often Translated His Speech To Her Friends
When Lucy was a child, she’d often see other children staring when her dad accompanied her to the ice-cream van, and she hated it, she told Evening Standard. She always had compassion for her dad, but she hated how their stares might have made him feel. But she was never bullied by other kids because of her dad’s condition. “I felt quite normal even though I knew my home life was different from my friends.”
When his speech started to go, she’d translate his words to her friends. She never saw her dad walk, but they also never really talked about that either. She was always worried that he would die soon and would find herself crying about it. “We lived life in the present tense.” And they had routines. Every Sunday they played board games or went for walks.
2. She Studied Journalism But Quickly Realized Her Passion Was With Children’s Books
Lucy was born in England in 1970, and she’s the daughter of Stephen and his first wife, Jane Wilde Hawking. For the majority of her childhood, she grew up in Cambridge. She studied French and Russian at the University of Oxford, and also spent time in Moscow as part of her Russian studies. She then studied international journalism at City, University of London. Although she enjoyed journalism, she realized that this was not what she wanted to do with her life.
Lucy is a very talented writer, and has gained extensive recognition as a children’s novelist and science educator. While she tried to break into the writing industry, she worked as a journalist to support herself, writing for numerous publications including The Telegraph and The Guardian. But she always wanted to be an author.
Lucy’s first two books were “Jaded” and “Run for Your Life.” But after this, she transitioned to focusing on children’s novels that focused on science. She and her dad wrote a book together in 2007: “George’s Secret Key to the Universe.” It was about a boy who was able to use a computer-generated portal to travel through the solar system. She wrote more books in the series, and later went on to help produce an education project promoting science to children.
3. She Checked Into a Rehabilitation Clinic in 2004 for Depression and Alcohol
Lucy spent a great deal of time as a young adult caring for her father, and …read more