Professor Hawking and his links to North Yorkshire

The world was in mourning yesterday as tributes were made world-renowned physicist Professor Stephen Hawking following his death at the age of 76.

Stephen Hawking

How Stephen Hawking reminded us all to look up at the starsBut did you know that the descended from a small town in North Yorkshire?

In his autobiography 'My Brief History', Hawkins tells how his great grandfather, John Hawking, was a wealthy farmer in Yorkshire. Unfortunatley, he was declared bankrupt in the agricultural depression.

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His son Robert was also made bankrupt when he tried to help his father.

Jayne Dowle: Stephen Hawking boldly went where no one had ever gone beforeLuckily, Robert's wife owned a house in Boroughbridge, near Harrogate, which she ran as a school.

They managed to get enough money together to send their son to Oxford to study medicine.