Robert Hawking: Biography of Stephen Hawking’s Oldest Son

Robert Hawking is the eldest son to the Godfather of science himself. The genius who came up with the idea of the general theory of relativity. Or for the movie fanatics, you surely are aware of ‘The Theory of Everything.” He is the guy – Stephen Hawking.

You must be living under the rocks if you don’t have any idea about Stephen Hawking. The creator of “black hole” and guru of hypothetical material science and cosmology, Stephen Hawking is the name that even the person with no science background knowledge would know of. Some may recognize him for his contribution to science while some may know him for his auto-tuned voice and wheelchair.


Confused? Here you go: ‘The Theory of Everything’ is the movie based on the biography of Stephen Hawking, father of Robert Hawking and theory of relativity. Born at the United Kingdom on May 1967, Robert Hawking is the first child of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and Jane Wilde Hawking. Robert’s proud parents were blessed with the first child after two years of them got married. 

Childhood of Robert Hawking: How he was the supporting bone of his father

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Who doesn’t want to know about the Hawking family? Many of the people on the internet do, I presume. If you are one of those people, you too are well ascertained about what Robert Hawking went through in his childhood. In the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen’ that his mother has written, she has clearly said that Robert had to do things for his father that children really shouldn’t have to do (as a child).

Robert’s father found himself in the state when he couldn’t feed and bathe himself just after Robert reached 3. Stephen was unable to talk (properly) without a voice synthesizer which was only available when he reached 17. We can conclude that Robert’s childhood surely didn’t go smoothly as it should have!

Special Bond with Father Stephen Hawking & Siblings


Robert is married and a father of two children. Robert is the eldest of the three children of Stephen has two siblings; Lucy and Timothy Hawking. Lucy is three years younger to Robert while his age gap with the youngest Hawking is that of 12 years. Lucy, his sister, is a journalist and an author, known for ‘George’s Secret Key to the Universe’, a book which she has co-written with her father. And Timothy too works at a Lego Group. 

Jane has frequently opened up about the great bond between Robert and his father Stephen. Being the eldest, he was a major support and served his dad at the most crucial times. In 2014, he along with his two siblings Tim and lucy carried out the ALS ice bucket challenge on behalf of his father. It highlights the magical connection these three kids have with the father of relativity.

Robert Hawking Job in Microsoft & Educational Background

Robert, who wanted to become a scientist as his father, changed his mind and pursued his education in order to become an engineer. He graduated from the University of Oxford. He has been an integral part of the Microsoft Company and has settled in Washington, USA, despite his British Nationality.

Despite being British, he lives in Seattle, Washington. Robert is said to be married and settled with two children; a son and a daughter. Robert with his two siblings accepted the then trending ALS bucket challenge to support the patients of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), the disease which his father has been suffering from. Robert is also portrayed in the movie ‘The Theory of Everything’. Actor Tom Prior has played the role of Stephen’s first son when he was 17.

Even after divorcing his father in 1995, Robert’s mother didn’t stop praising her eldest son saying how caring and loving he is and was. She happily mentioned the love Robert Hawking has for his diseased and differently able father. It is no surprise that Robert still visits his father with his family whenever he is free from his Microsoft job. Reports have claimed that he was the happiest among the family members when the announcement regarding the direction of the movie ‘The Theory of Everything’ was made. Just to let you know – the movie is based on a memoir, written by Jane Wilde, Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen.

See Robert Hawking being portrayed on “Theory of Everything.”

Robert Hawking’s Personal Lifestyle

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Robert is married and has two kids – a baby boy and a girl. Despite the divorce of their parents, Robert shares a deep and meaningful relationship with his father. Although he along with his siblings and mother didn’t attend the ceremony of his father’s second marriage with Elaine Mason, he sheds concern for his father. At one incident Stephen’s body was found to be wounded with the even broken wrist. They held their stepmother as the prime suspect but Hawking himself denied the accusations.

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