Born as the eldest of four children to Frank Hawking and Isobel in Oxford, England.
Attends St. Albans School.
Receives a scholarship to attend University College, Oxford. Though he was interested in mathematics, since the university didn't have a course, he opted for physics.
Graduates with honours and gets admission to Cambridge University to do research in cosmology.
At the age of 21, diagnosed with the degenerative nerve disorder amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He is given two years to live.
Marries his first wife, Jane Wilde. Came to the wedding on crutches.
Gets his PhD. Begins study on black holes along with Roger Penrose. Wins Adams Prize.
The couple's first son -- Robert -- is born.
Becomes a member of Cambridge's Institute of Astronomy. Begins epic era of researches. Becomes wheelchair bound.
Daughter Lucy born.
First book 'The Large Scale Structure of Space-Time' published.
Makes notable findings. Finds black holes cannot be completely black, but they ought to emit radiation, resulting in them losing mass. This theory is known today as Hawking radiation. Wins international fame. Becomes member of the Royal Society.
Becomes professor at Cambridge.
Wins prestigious Albert Einstein prize.
Third child Timothy born. Becomes Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge, a prestigious position once held by Isaac Newton.
Loses ability to speak. Started communicating using electronic voice synthesizer.
Publishes 'A Brief History of Time', which becomes an instant best-seller.
Publishes 'Black Holes and Baby Universe and Other Essays'.
Divorces first wife. Marries Elaine Mason, a nurse.
Hawking changes his theory at the International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation in Dublin. He concedes that information can escape from black holes after all.
Divorces Elaine Mason. Becomes closer to children from first wife.
Wins Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honour. Quits Cambridge.
Biopic 'The Theory of Everything' is released.
Dies on March 14.