Physicist Stephen Hawking died on Wednesday, March 14, at age 76.
When he was diagnosed with ALS at age 21, Hawking was given only two years to survive. He defied the odds, however, and went on to make some of the most revolutionary discoveries in scientific history. The famed academic was known for his work with black holes and relativity. He was also the first person to propose a theory of cosmology by combining the general theory of relativity with quantum mechanics.
Hawking’s family released a statement early Monday morning confirming that Stephen had passed away at his home in Cambridge. In a statement, his children said, “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today.”
Read on to learn more about Stephen Hawking’s family.
1. He Is Survived by His Three Children
Hawking is survived by his three children: his son, Robert, born May 1967, his daughter, Lucy, born 1970, and his third child, Timothy, born 1979.
According to The Guardian, Hawkings children said of their father, “He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world.”
They added on, “He once said, ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’”
2. His Daughter Lucy Is a Prolific Writer & Educator
Hawking’s daughter Lucy, who is now 47, is a successful journalist, novelist, educator, and philanthropist.
At the University of Oxford, Lucy spent her time studying French and Russian. After graduating, she went on to study international journalism at City, University of London. Lucy has written for New York Magazine, The Daily Mail, The Telegraph, The Times and The Guardian.
3. He Had Two Younger Sisters and an Adopted Brother
He was born on January 8, 1942, in Oxford, Oxfordshire.
Hawking had two younger sisters, Philippa and Mary, and an adopted brother, Edward.
4. His First Wife Wrote the Book That ‘the Theory of Everything’ Is Based On
Hawking was married to Jane Wilde from 1965 to 1995. Wilde was a friend of his sister, and they met about one month before Hawking was diagnosed with motor neuron disease at age 21. The pair became engaged in 1964 and were married on July 14, 1965.
In 2015, Jane opened up about her 26-year marriage to Hawking. “When Stephen was first diagnosed, we weren’t actually going out together, but I was already falling in love with him,” she told the Telegraph. “He had beautiful eyes and this amazing sense of humor, so we were always laughing. Also, I was young and had lots of energy and optimism and that did make a difference. But most importantly I loved Stephen and wanted to do my best for him. So I thought that I could easily devote two years of my life to help somebody I loved – someone who had so much potential – achieve his ambitions.”
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