Stephen Hawking’s death was met with a public outpouring of grief and a tsunami of tributes for this brave and brilliant man. Throughout his adult life Hawking had turned his mind to some of the most intractable scientific problems of the age. But in his last months he also had an ominous warning for the human race.
Stephen William Hawking was born on January 8, 1942 in Oxford, England as World War II raged around the planet. His parents were Frank and Isobel, with his mother hailing from Glasgow, Scotland and his father from Yorkshire, England. Both were graduates of Oxford, the university Stephen was to win a scholarship to.