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Rare Photos of Stephen Hawking Through the Years Photos

Scientist Stephen Hawking is known for his groundbreaking work with black holes and relativity, and is the author of several popular science books including ‘A Brief History of Time.’ He has died peacefully at the age of 76 at his home in Cambridge in the early hours of Wednesday (March 14, 2018).

“We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today,” Lucy, Robert and Tim Hawking, the children of the physicist, said in a statement announcing his death. “He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years.”

Below are some of fascinating vintage portraits of a young Stephen Hawking through the years..

Stephen Hawking was born Jan. 8, 1942 to Frank and Isobel Hawking

Stephen Hawking (left) as a young child, with his sister Mary

Hawking and his two sisters, Philippa and Mary

Stephen Hawking (left) and William Graves in Cannelun, Robert Graves’ house in Deià, in 1951

A young Stephen Hawking fishing on a boat

Stephen Hawking aged 12 in the garden of his St Alban’s home

Hawking plows a field as a boy

Young Hawking on horseback

Stephen Hawking in his garden in St Albans aged 12 with his bicycle (Rex)

Young Stephen Hawking at Oxford in 1963

Stephen Hawking attended the University of Oxford, where he studied physics and chemistry

Young Stephen Hawking (holding the handkerchief) with Oxford Boat Club, early 1960s

Stephen Hawking (right) coxing the University College Men’s 2nd VIII in 1964

Graduation party of Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking at his Oxford graduation in 1962

23-year-old Hawking married Jane Wilde

Hawking in the sixties with his first wife Jane

After gaining his Ph.D. from Cambridge, Hawking became first a research fellow and later a professorial fellow at Gonville and Caius College

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