Professor Hawking and his links to North Yorkshire

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

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But 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.

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Luckily, 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.