Stephen Hawking Net Worth
Stephen Hawking net worth: Stephen Hawking is an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist and author who has a net worth of $20 million. Born January 8, 1942 in Oxford, United Kingdom, Hawking is also the Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge. Despite having a motor neuron disease related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a condition that has progressed over the years, Hawking's accomplishments in his work in physics and cosmology is groundbreaking. He was diagnosed with ALS while studying cosmology at the University of Cambridge at the age of 21. He is now almost entirely paralyzed, confined to a wheelchair and communicates through a speech-generating device. At an early age he displayed a passion for science and the sky. In 1974, Hawking's research and findings turned him into a celebrity within the scientific world when he proved that black holes aren't the information vacuums that scientists originally thought. Hawking demonstrated that 'matter'—in the form of radiation—can escape the gravitational force of a collapsed star. This theory was aptly named Hawking Radiation. In September 2010, Hawking spoke against the concept that God could have created the universe in his controversial book The Grand Design. His latest work concludes that the Big Bang was the inevitable consequence of the laws of physics and nothing more. Hawkings made the news again in 2012 for two very different reasons: He participated in a 2011 study of a revolutionary headband-style device called the iBrain which could be revolutionary to ALS sufferers by picking up waves of electrical brain signals. That same year he showed off his humorous side on American television by making a guest appearance on The Big Bang Theory. Hawking was married to Jane Wilde until he allegedly left her for his former nurse Elaine Mason in 1995.