Stephen Hawking is a name, in recent times, that has been unanimously taken when any discussion on cosmology and physics takes place any where in the world.
Born to Frank and Isobel Hawking in 1942, Stephen Hawking attended the St. Albans school till the age of 15. On his father's wishes, he went on to attend oxford for a degree in Physics insipte of the fact the Mathematics was his subject of choice.
In 1962, Hawking started his graduate work at Trinity Hall, Cambridge right after he got his degree from Oxford. It was during that time that he was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease or better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.