Who Is Stephen Hawking?

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Stephen Hawking is a British physicist, known for his book "A Brief History of Time," as well as his frequent media appearances. Hawking is well-known for his use of a distinct computerized voice, due to his own voice having been lost as a result of motor neuron disease.

Stephen Hawking is one of the most well-known scientists in the world. He is known for his work in quantum mechanics and theoretical physics and his study of black holes. Hawking's work in physics prompted him to publish "A Brief History of Time," which explains complex scientific concepts in terms understandable to the average person. Published in 1988, the book quickly became a bestseller and made Hawking a household name. A film adaptation, also called "A Brief History of Time," was released in 1991.

Since the publication of "A Brief History of Time," Hawking has become a popular culture figure. In 2014, he appeared on "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver," answering questions about alternate realities. "The Theory of Everything," a film released in 2014, is based on Hawking's relationship with his first wife, Jane, as he struggles to come to terms with his disabilities. The film's star, Eddie Redmayne, won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Hawking.