• Robert Hawking is a software engineer and son of the famous physicist Stephen Hawking
• His net worth is over $1 million
• He graduated from the University of Oxford and worked for Microsoft
• Stephen Hawking was a very famous scientist and suffered from ALS
• Robert took care of his father and was portrayed in the movie "The Theory of Everything", which won numerous awards. After Stephen passed away, Robert returned to his job at Microsoft.

Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$20 million
Date Of BirthJanuary 8, 1942
SpouseElaine Mason, Jane Hawking
MarkHis computerized voice box for communicating
FactHas played himself in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), The Simpsons (1989), Futurama (1999) and The Big Bang Theory (2007).

Who is Robert Hawking?

Robert Hawking was born in 1967 in the United Kingdom, and is a software engineer, but probably better known for being the son of high profile theoretical physicist, author, and cosmologist Stephen Hawking. He was known to have taken care of his father while he was suffering from Amylotrophic lateral Sclerosis or ALS, until his passing in 2018.

The Riches of Robert Hawking

How rich is Robert Hawking? As of mid-2018, sources estimate a net worth that is over $1 million, mostly earned through success in his work in software. His net worth was also elevated by his father’s success, as Stephen had a net worth estimated at $20 million. As Robert continues his endeavors, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.

Early Life and Career

Many believed that Robert would follow the footsteps of his father, who at the time of his birth was starting to make significant forays into science. Growing up, he developed an interest in science and even showcased a desire to become a scientist like his father. However, somewhere along the line he changed his mind, and decided that he would rather focus on software engineering.

He graduated from the University of Oxford, after which he moved to Canada for a while, working in the information and technology sector for several years, before moving to the US, and working for the high profile computer software company, Microsoft Corporation. Despite being far from his parents during his career, he maintained a closeness with his family. When his father began developing the symptoms of ALS, he returned to the UK to care for him.

Stephen Hawking and ALS

Stephen Hawking became very popular commercially thanks to releasing works on science in which he discusses his own theories, as well as his work on cosmology. He wrote the book “A Brief History of Time” which would break the record on the British Sunday Times best-seller list – 237 weeks. Some of his works include the Hawking radiation theory which states that black holes emit radiation, the theory of cosmology which was a mix of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics, and the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics. He was a fellow of the Royal Society and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

He discovered sometime in his life that he had a rare slowly progressing form of motor neurone disease, called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS, also called Lou Gehrig’s disease due to how it was first highly documented on the professional baseball player. Over many years, the disease slowly paralyzed Stephen, and he eventually loss his speech. In order to communicate, he was given a speech-generating device which could be used through a hand held switch or a single cheek muscle. He passed away in 2018 at the age of 76.

In Popular Culture

While his father developed popularity for his scientific theories, and spread awareness of his degenerative disease, Robert stayed in the background, but taking care of his father, praised by his mother for doing things for his father that children shouldn’t have to do. Details of his life with his father were eventually released through his mother’s book entitled “Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen”, which would become a part of the biographical film entitled “The Theory of Everything”, in which Robert was portrayed by Oliver Payne and Tom Prior, also starring Eddie Redmayne as Hawking and Felicity Jones as Jane Hawking.

The film proved very successful, earning great reviews and praise for numerous aspects of the production. The music, cinematography and performances of the lead actors earned a lot of attention, later winning Redmayne an Academy Award for Best Actor, while Jones was  nominated as Best Actress, and the film for Best Picture, Best Original Score, and Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as 10 British Academy Film Award (BAFTA) nominations , winning Best Leading Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Outstanding British Film.


Roberts’ father passed away during the 139th anniversary of Einstein’s birth, and his funeral was attended by numerous high-profile personalities including the stars of “The Theory of Everything”. Tributes were paid by actor Benedict Cumberbatch, astronaut Tim Peake, astronomer Royal Martin Rees, and Nobel Prize winner Kip Thorne. His epitaph includes the Bekenstein-Hawking entropy equation. According to reports, he died peacefully at his home – his final research study was about the origin of the universe. Since his passing, Robert has quietly receded into the background and continued his work in software with Microsoft in Seattle, Washington State. Robert is married and has two children but no details of them have been shared publicly.

General Info

Full NameStephen Hawking
Net Worth$20 million
Date Of BirthJanuary 8, 1942
Height1.69 m
ProfessionAstrophysicist, Cosmologist, Screenwriter, Science writer, Author, Theoretical Physicist, Mathematician, Actor
EducationTrinity Hall, Cambridge, University of Oxford, St Albans High School for Girls, St Albans School, Hertfordshire


SpouseElaine Mason, Jane Hawking
ChildrenLucy Hawking, Robert Hawking, Timothy Hawking
ParentsFrank Hawking, Isobel Hawking
SiblingsMary Hawking, Philippa Hawking, Edward Hawking


AwardsPresidential Medal of Freedom, Copley Medal, Wolf Prize in Physics, Albert Einstein Medal, Princess of Asturias Award for Concord, Albert Einstein Award, Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, Hughes Medal, Eddington Medal, Franklin Medal, Fonseca Prize, Adams Prize, Dannie Heineman Prize for...
MoviesA Brief History of Time, Hawking, Beyond the Horizon, Fate of the Universe
TV ShowsStephen Hawking's Universe, TV Offal, Masters of Science Fiction, Genius of Britain, Brave New World with Stephen Hawking, Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking, Stephen Hawking's Grand Design, Genius by Stephen Hawking, London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony: Enlightenment, Stephen Hawking: Maste...

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#Marks / Signs
1Often makes philosophical predictions regarding astrophysics
2His computerized voice box for communicating


1The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.
2The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.
3[on the Star Trek warp engine] I'm working on that.
4However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.
5Women. They are a complete mystery.
6By the age of fourteen, I knew I wanted to do Physics because it was the most fundamental of the sciences.
7[from "A Brief History of Time" (1989)] However, if we discover a complete theory, it should in time be understandable by everyone, not just by a few scientists. Then we shall all, philosophers, scientists and just ordinary people, be able to take part in the discussion of the question of why it is that we and the universe exist. If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason -- for then we should know the mind of God.
8[from A Brief History of Time (1991)] Even if there is only one possible unified theory, it is just a set of rules and equations. What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe? The usual approach of science of constructing a mathematical model cannot answer the questions of why there should be a universe for the model to describe. Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing?
9Some of our greatest catastrophes have been caused by people talking, and some by people not talking.
10My goal is simple. It is complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is, and why it exists at all.
11We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.
12To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit.
13I think that computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image.


1Featured in television commercials for Jaguar autos in the UK in 2016.
2He has an Erdös-Bacon-Sabbath number of 8, which ties him with Karl Schaffer for the lowest known EBS number on the planet.
3Due to the American accent on his voice synthesizer, many people have no idea that he is really British. He has said he would like to replace it with a synthesizer with a British accent, but he has become so synonymous with his current one that he knows he can't.
4Has admitted to having been quite lazy in his youth and notes that during his four years at Oxford, he did about 1000 hours of work (equating to about an hour-and-a-half for each day.) This earned him the ire of his teachers. At the end of his four years, the deans weren't sure if he deserved a first-class or second-class degree, due to the quality of his work. Hawking said that a first-class degree would get him into Cambridge; otherwise he'd have to stay at Oxford for his graduate work. The deans gave him a first-class degree.
5Mentioned in the song "Real Love" by Yes.
6His electronic voice was used in Pink Floyd's song "Keep Talking".
7Hawking has been portrayed by actors including Benedict Cumberbatch (in the 2004 TV movie Hawking) and Eddie Redmayne (in The Theory of Everything). Hawking has appeared as himself in shows including "The Big Bang Theory," "The Simpsons," and "Star Trek: The Next Generation".
8Was not a particularly good student until he started studying science in school.
9Is a big fan of 'Star Trek'.
10Hawking is a big fan of Marilyn Monroe. His 60th birthday celebration included an appearance by a Marilyn Monroe impersonator.
11He has one grandchild.
12He and his first wife, Jane Wilde, had three children: Robert (b. 1967), Lucy (b. 1969) and Timothy (b. 1979).
13Has played himself in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), The Simpsons (1989), Futurama (1999) and The Big Bang Theory (2007).
14Is a fan of Doctor Who (1963) and Red Dwarf (1988).
15The only person ever to play himself in any Star Trek film or series.
16He appeared as guest star in a Star Trek episode, and asked the crew to make a tour of the Enterprise. When he saw the warp drive, he said "I'm working on that...".
17Acquired (the incurable) amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) in the early 1960s. Can now barely move or talk...but can yet think. And humankind continues as beneficiary of this man's brilliance.
18Occupies the same post, as Lucasian professor of mathematics at Cambridge University, as was earlier occupied by Sir Isaac Newton.
19Has been awarded many honorary degrees and is a Fellow of The Royal Society and a Member of the US National Academy of Sciences.
20He was awarded the Companion of Honour in the 1989 Queen's Honours List for his services to science.
21Was born exactly 300 years after the death of Galileo.
22Received an honorary B.A. degree from Oxford University, and a Ph.D from Cambridge, (1981), Notre Dame (1982) and New York University (1982). Received a First Class honours degree from Oxford (1962) and a Ph.D from Cambridge, (1966). [1978]
23He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1982 Queen's Honours List for his services to science.




The Big Bang Theory2012-2016TV SeriesStephen Hawking Dr. Stephen Hawking
Anyone Can Quantum2016ShortStephen Hawking
London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony: Enlightenment2012TV MovieNarrator (voice)
Futurama2000-2011TV SeriesStephen Hawking
The Simpsons1999-2010TV SeriesStephen Hawking
How to Lose Weight in 60 Seconds2010ShortNarrator (voice)
Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs2008VideoStephen Hawking's Head (voice)
Star Trek: The Next Generation1993TV SeriesStephen Hawking


Stephen Hawking's Fate of the Universe2017Documentary filming
Hawking2013Documentary written by
Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking2010TV Mini-Series documentary
Beyond the Horizon2009Documentary
Reality on the Rocks1995TV Series documentary book "A Brief History of Time"
A Brief History of Time1991Documentary book


Devil Huntersconsultant: theoretical physics announced


La força de la vida. El making of del disc i del llibre de La Marató2013TV Movie thanks
Naked Science2009TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode
Big Nothing2006thanks - as Professor Stephen Hawking
TV Offal1997-1998TV Series special thanks - 7 episodes


Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking2010TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
How the Universe Works2010TV Series documentaryHimself - Phd., Theoretical Physicist
Quantum Roulette2009DocumentaryHimself
The Challenge of Quantum Reality2009Video documentaryHimself (as Professor Stephen Hawking)
Beyond the Horizon2009DocumentaryHimself
The One Show2008TV SeriesHimself
TEDTalks2008TV SeriesHimself
Stephen Hawking: Master of the Universe2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Masters of Science Fiction2007TV SeriesHimself - Host
The Culture Show2007TV Series documentaryHimself
The 11th Hour2007/IDocumentaryHimself - Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, Cambridge University
Last Days on Earth2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Die Invasion der Ideen2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
TalkAsia2006TV SeriesHimself
Beckmann2005TV SeriesHimself
Richard & Judy2005TV SeriesHimself
Horizon1996-2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Alien Planet2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
The British Comedy Awards 20042004TV SpecialHimself
Naked Science2004TV Series documentaryHimself - Cosmologist
This Week2004TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2003TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
60 Minutes2003TV Series documentaryHimself - Physicist (segment "Stephen Hawking")
The Sky at Night2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Campus, le magazine de l'écrit2001TV Series documentaryHimself
TV Offal1997-1998TV SeriesHimself - Introduction
Bioperfection: Building a New Human Race1998TV MovieHimself
'Red Dwarf' A-Z1998TV MovieHimself (as Prof. Stephen Hawking)
Stephen Hawking's Universe1997TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Great Composers1997TV Series documentaryScientist
The Big Question1996TV SeriesHimself
The Colours of Infinity1995TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Reality on the Rocks1995TV Series documentaryHimself
The Science of Star Trek1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Making of 'A Brief History of Time'1992TV Short documentaryHimself
Time Travel: The Next Frontier1992TV Movie documentaryHimself
A Brief History of Time1991DocumentaryHimself
The Astronomers1991TV Series documentaryHimself
God, the Universe and Everything Else1988VideoHimself
Creation of the Universe1985TV Movie documentaryHimself
Stephen Hawking's Fate of the Universe2017Documentary filmingHimself
The University2016DocumentaryHimself - Interviewee
GENIUS by Stephen Hawking2016TV Series documentaryHimself
Destination Mars2015TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Hubble's Cosmic Journey2015TV Movie documentaryHimself - Cosmologist
The EE British Academy Film Awards2015TV Special documentaryHimself - Presenter: Special Visual Effects (as Professor Stephen Hawking)
Monty Python: The Meaning of Live2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Monty Python Live (Mostly)2014Himself (as Stephen Hawking CH CBE FRS FRSA)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver2014TV SeriesHimself
Stephen Hawking's Science of the Future2014TV SeriesHimself - Narrator / Himself - Presenter
Stem Cell Universe with Stephen Hawking2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
David Blaine: Real or Magic2013TV MovieHimself
Daily Mirror: The Pride of Britain Awards2013TV SpecialHimself
Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor2013TV MovieHimself (as Professor Stephen Hawking)
South at Six2013TV SeriesHimself
The Unbelievers2013DocumentaryHimself
Brave New World with Stephen Hawking2011-2012TV SeriesHimself - Host
Stephen Hawking's Grand Design2012TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Surviving Progress2011DocumentaryHimself - Theoretical Physicist
Curiosity2011TV Series documentaryHimself - Host
The Creation Question: A Curiosity Conversation2011TV MovieHimself
Beautiful Equations2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Larry King Live2010TV SeriesHimself
Genius of Britain: The Scientists Who Changed the World2010TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
CERN neboli Továrna na absolutno2010DocumentaryHimself (voice)

Archive Footage

I Like the Sound of My Own Voice2021Documentary announcedHimself
Professing Themselves to Be Wise2016Video documentaryHimself
Quantum Earth2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2015TV SeriesHimself - Speaking via Hologram
Nostalgia Critic2014TV SeriesHimself
America's Book of Secrets2013TV Series documentaryHimself
Sendung ohne Namen2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Through the Wormhole2012TV Series documentaryHimself - Theoretical Physicist
When Aliens Attack2011/IITV Movie documentaryHimself - Theoretical Physicist
The End of God? A Horizon Guide to Science and Religion2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Mars: A Horizon Guide2009TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Universe2008TV Series documentaryHimself - Theoretical Physicist
D & D & F: 'Dungeons & Dragons' & 'Futurama'2008Video documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
La Marató 20052005TV SpecialHimself
How William Shatner Changed the World2005TV Movie documentaryHimself - Scientific Genius
The Simpsons2000-2002TV SeriesStephen Hawking

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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