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If you do not know how Robert Hawking is related to the one who came up with the idea of general theory of relativity, you surely are unaware about ‘The Theory of Everything.’


Confused? Here you go: ‘The Theory of Everything’ is the movie based on the biography of Stephen Hawking, father of Robert Hawking and theory of relativity. Born at United Kingdom on May 1967, Robert Hawking is the first child of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and memoir Jane Wilde. Robert’s proud parents were blessed with the first child after two years of them got married. 


Robert hawking and Family
Robert Hawking and Family


Who doesn’t want to know about the Hawking family? Many of the people on the internet do, I presume. If you are one of those people, you too are well ascertained about what Robert Hawking went through in his childhood. In one of the memoirs that his mother has written, she has clearly said that Robert had to do things for his father that children really shouldn’t have to do (as a child).

Robert’s father found himself in the state when he couldn’t feed and bathe himself just after Robert reached 3. Stephen was unable to talk (properly) without a voice synthesizer which was only available when he reached 17. We can conclude that Robert’s childhood surely didn’t go smooth as it should have!

Bond with Stephen & Siblings


Robert is married and a father of two children. Robert being the eldest of the three children of Stephen has two siblings; Lucy and Timothy Hawking. Lucy is three years younger to Robert while his age gap with the youngest Hawking is that of 12 years. Lucy, his sister, is a journalist and an author, known for ‘George’s Secret Key to the Universe’, a book which she has co-written with her father. 

Jane has frequently opened up about the great bond between Robert and his father Stephen. Being the eldest, he was the major support and served his dad at the most crucial times. In 2014, he along with his two siblings tim and lucy carried out the ALS ice bucket challenge on behalf of his father. It highlights the magical connection these three kids have with the father of relativity.

Career and Education

Robert, who wanted to become a scientist as his father, changed his mind and pursued his education in order to become an engineer. He graduated from the University of Oxford. He has been an integral part of the Microsoft Company and has settled in Washington, USA, despite of his British Nationality.

Despite being British, he lives in Seattle, Washington. Robert is said to be married and settled with two children; a son and a daughter. Robert with his two siblings accepted the then trending ALS bucket challenge to support the patients of ALS (Amyothrophic Lateral Sclerosis), the disease which his father has been suffering of. Robert is also portrayed in the movie ‘The Theory of Everything’. Actor Tom Prior has played the role of Stephen’s first son when he was 17.

Even after divorcing his father in 1995, Robert’s mother didn’t stop praising her eldest son saying how caring and loving he is and was. She happily mentioned the love Robert Hawking has for his diseased and differently able father. It is no surprise that Robert still visits his father with his family whenever he is free from his Microsoft job. Reports have claimed that he was the happiest among the family members when the announcement regarding the direction of the movie ‘The Theory of Everything’ was made. Just to let you know – the movie is based on a memoir, written by Jane Wilde, Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen.

See Robert Hawking being portrayed on “Theory of Everything.”

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