To mark the 75th birthday of the late Prof Stephen Hawking, Ian Sample talked to family, friends and colleagues about his incredible contribution to science
This edition of the podcast is a repeat. It was recorded last year to mark the late Prof Hawking’s 75th birthday.
On 8 January 1942, Frank and Isobel Hawking celebrated the birth of their son, Stephen. He would become one of the most prominent scientists of all time. In a career spanning half a century, the cosmologist notched up more than 150 scientific papers, a dozen or so books, and a string of TV and film appearances. It’s an achievement made all the more remarkable given his diagnosis with motor neurone disease at the age of 21. This week Prof Hawking died at the age of 76.
For this special edition of Science Weekly recorded to mark Hawking’s 75th birthday, we asked a handful of physicists about his contributions to science and the wider world. Speaking to Ian Sample were long-time friend and collaborator Prof Sir Roger Penrose, former student Prof Marika Taylor, Prof Sabine Hossenfelder and Prof Max Tegmark.
A brief history of Stephen Hawking – Science Weekly podcast (R)