Late Stephen Hawking was one of the world’s most prominent physicists, but he was also a doting father, with three children born between 1967 and 1979. One of those kids is Timothy Hawking – the third child of the greatest physicist of the era. Timothy is not a famous name as his father . If he was, then you would probably had known all the information about him rather than bouncing into this post to know about him.
So who actually is Timothy Hawking? We have tried to cover every hidden facts about him to give you a clear picture of him.
Born on 15th of April,1979, Timothy Hawking is profoundly known as the youngest child of Stephen Hawking. Although he is 39 years old now, he keeps his personal life in the shadow. But,he has often talked about his bond with his father Stephen in Interviews. There have been lots of controversies over whether he is the biological son of Stephen Hawking or not. However, all the rumors went into vain when Timothy chose Stephen as his father.He is currently working as a brand development manager in LEGO- a global toy firm in London.
Timothy Hawking’s Early Childhood and Family
Timothy Hawking was born on April 15, 1979, to father Stephen Hawking and mother Jane Wilde Hawking. He was born in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. Regarding his nationality, he is British and and by ethicitywise white. His father Stephen, the director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology is known for his contribution in the cosmology and physics. Whereas Timothy’s mother also is the woman of education. She has written a book called “Making a trip to Infinity: My Life with Stephen“. The book was later adapted to make the movie The Theory of Everything that we all are aware of.
Timothy has an elder brother named Robert Hawking and sister named Lucy Hawking. Robert Hawking. Robert Hawking is a software engineer who works for the Microsoft. He lives in the USA with his family.
Lucy Hawking has worked in the footstep of her mother. Lucy is a novelist and professor who is in the mere spotlight among Stephen’s three children. According to her website, she has penned two adult novels and three science-based stories for children. She works as a columnist and philanthropist. She used to teach Russian and French at Oxford University.
He never experienced a happy childhood like his siblings. Timothy only got chance to have a two-way conversation with his father only after celebrating his fifth birthday. It was because of the drawl of the speech box. Once in an interview, he stated:
“My dad was able to speak with his own, natural voice for those first years, but it was incredibly difficult to understand what he was saying- particularly for me at such a young age. As a 3 year old, I had no understanding of what he was saying. I didn’t really have any communication with him for the first five years of my life.”
Career and Education
The youngest child of Stephen, Timothy is a graduate of the Exert University of England. He graduated with a degree in French and Spanish language. To further continue his study, he joined the University of Birmingham and worked for some small companies in the UK as an account manager. After he reaped some experience and with determination, Tim joined LEGO as a loyalty executive. And till now, he works for the global toy firm LEGO, most recently as a brand development manager in London. According to his LinkedIn profile, the marketing job involves boosting the brand LEGO through long-term strategies and partnerships with the firms. Unlike his dad, Tim holds a low profile when it comes to occupation.
His Relationship with Dad Stephen Hawking
In a rare interview, Timothy admitted that he was unable to communicate with his father up to the age of 5 years due to his father’s deteriorating speech. Despite being unable to have proper communication with his father in his early days, he talked about the close bond he shared with his late dad Stephen in an exclusive interview. His regular visit to his dad’s place has certainly made his father a happy man. Timothy said how happy his father was when he turned 60.
He also talked about how they played chess together and his father was a tough competition and wasn’t certainly the easiest opponent at any game, particularly chess. In a BBC documentary, Tim disclosed that as a kid he used to play pranks on his father that includes adding swear words to his speech program and using his specialized wheelchair as a go-kart. Their relationship improved with the passing years.
There have been rumors and controversies as to whether Timothy is the biological son of Stephen Hawking or the son of Jonathon Hellyer Jones. Her mother married Jonathon after giving divorce to Stephen. Nonetheless, Stephen is the man whom Timothy has picked to call father and has hired his surname, Hawking. The father-son duo shared a cordial relationship with each other. And, even the DNA test cannot change that.
Demise of His Father Stephen Hawking
Some relationships are not connected by blood but are by heart and soul. Same is in the case of Stephen and Timothy Hawking. Though Timothy is not considered as the biological son of Stephen, they shared a heartwarming relationship with each other till the last days of Stephen. Stephen Hawking died at the age of 76 on March 14,2018. He died peacefully at his home in Cambridge according to his family. His demise is definitely a great loss for the family as well as for the World.
Not caring the controversies and speculations that have come up with time, the Hawking’s family has fully accepted Timothy as their brother, not minding if he was their half-brother. All of Stephen’s children are united and have stood by each other and their father even up until his demise on March 14, 2018.
Nothing much about his marital status, his net worth, and social media presence is known. Despite being the son of a renowned scientist, he is maintaining a very low key profile life.