Stephen William Hawking, CH,CBE,FRS,FRSA�� is an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist , author and Director of Research at the Center for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge. His scientific works include a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of�� general relativity and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation.

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Hawking was the first to set forth a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and�� quantum mechanics. He is a vigorous supporter of the many- worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.

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He was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge between 1979 and 2009 and has achieved commercial success with works of popular science in which he discusses his own theories and cosmology in general; his book A brief history of time appeared on the British Sunday times best-seller list for a record-breaking 237 weeks.

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Ten centuries is a blip in the grand arc of the universe, but in human terms it was the apocalyptic equivalent of getting a few weeks' notice before our collective landlord (Mother Earth) kicks us to the curb.

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In November, Stephen Hawking and his bulging computer brain gave humanity what we thought was an intimidating deadline for finding a new planet to call home: 1,000 years

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