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One of the Worlds’ brilliant minds – Stephen Hawking

By March 17, 2015No Comments

Theory of Everything

Movie poster of Theory of
Everything.

I watched this movie two weeks ago and have been raving about it ever since. I found it to be a mind opening and remarkable story as I watched in awe as it unfolded on the screen. Based on the memoir – Travelling to infinity: My life with Stephen, Jane who was Stephens’ first wife wrote it to reveal the relationship between them as well as the decline of his disability.

Eddie Redmayne won an Oscar for best actor this year for portraying Stephen Hawking. ‘’This Oscar, this belongs to all of those around the world battling ALS It belong to one exceptional family: Stephen, Jane, Jonathan and the Hawking children- and I will be its custodian.’’ – Eddie during his acceptance speech.

The movie is a romantic and dramatic true story based on one of the world’s brilliant minds still alive today. It is a must see.

Stephen Hawking


‘’Life would be tragic if it were not funny,’’ as Stephen Hawking so wisely put it. He was diagnosed not long after his 21stbirthday with ALS and was given just 2 short years to live. This brilliant scientist celebrated his 73rd in January this year despite what he had been told by doctors.

The eldest of four siblings, Stephen was born in 1942 in Oxford England to parents who were academic themselves. From a young age he always had a keen interest in maths and how things worked.

Stephen and Jane at their wedding.

He decided to study physics at Oxford University as maths was not offered as a major. Stephen afterwards went on to study Cosmology at the famous Cambridge University where he met and fell in love with Jane Wilde. He was diagnosed with the motor neuron disease, ALS shortly after falling for Jane, they were then soon engaged and Stephen described their engagement ‘’as something to live for.’’ Stephen and Jane married while still young and had 3 children during their marriage. They sadly divorced many years later, with both Jane and Stephen going on to marry other people. Today they still continue to be a part of each other’s lives.


Stephen spent 30 years as a professor of maths at Cambridge University and has accomplished much in his life. One of his major achievements was being a part of coming up with the theory that the universe has no boundaries. Stephen has been given many awards along with distinctions, and racked up 12 honorary degrees in his life. He also wrote a children’s book with his daughter Lucy, which they called ‘’Georges Secret Key to the Universe.’’

‘’Although I cannot move and I have to speak through a computer, in my mind I am free.’’ Just some of the many wise words that Stephen Hawking has shared. He appears to be a wise, appreciative and kind, smart man. A true inspiration and role model to all.

Stephen Hawking now at 73 years of age.



‘’My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you doing well and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit as well as physically.’’ – Stephen Hawking