Stephen William Hawking was born in Oxford, England on January 8, 1942. Stephen enjoyed mathematics and science in school where he earned the nickname “Einstein.” At University College, Oxford Stephen was awarded a first class honours degree in Natural Science. He then moved on to research Cosmology at Cambridge University. To date, Professor Hawking has 12 honorary degrees, is the recipient of many awards and prizes and was awarded a CBE in 1982. Whilst working on his PhD at Cambridge University, he began to have health issues. A series of tests revealed that Hawking had a disease called Motor Neurone Disease. At the time, the doctors said he only had a few years to live. Despite this, Hawking has lived a full and productive life with the help of science and modern medicine.
Hawking House students will approach college life with the same determination shown by Stephen. Hawking House students will be aspirational learners who like Hawking will not let obstacles stand in their way, using every opportunity to achieve and be recognised for their success and have the courage to take on new challenges whatever they may entail.