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.
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.