Hawking has a rare early-onset, slow-progressing form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) that has gradually paralysed him over the decades.   He now communicates using a single cheek muscle attached to a speech-generating device .
Stephen Hawking's Universe was a six-part astronomical documentary series featuring the theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. The series discussed the history of astronomy in addition to black holes and dark matter. The program included computer models of the theories, interviews with leading astronomers and scientists, as well as commentary from Hawking himself.
The DVD release of "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" has a picture of one of the wizards in the Leaky Cauldron reading "A Brief History of Time" while using magic to stir his coffee.Wiki info
Hawking attended Radlett School, an independent school in the village of Radlett in Hertfordshire, for a year, and from September 1952, St Albans School, an independent school in the city of St Albans in Hertfordshire after Hawking passed the eleven-plus a year early. The family placed a high value on education. Hawking's father wanted his son to attend the well-regarded Westminster School, but the 13-year-old Hawking was ill on the day of the scholarship examination. His family could not afford the school fees without the financial aid of a scholarship, so Hawking remained at St Albans. A positive consequence was that Hawking remained with a close group of friends with whom he enjoyed board games, the manufacture of fireworks, model aeroplanes and boats, and long discussions about Christianity and extrasensory perception. From 1958 on, with the help of the mathematics teacher Dikran Tahta, they built a computer from clock parts, an old telephone switchboard and other recycled components.
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