Stephen William Hawking (born 8 January 1942) is an English Muggle theoretical physicist internationally considered the best since Albert Einstein.[1][2]

When Harry Potter arrived at The Leaky Cauldron after fleeing the Dursley house in 1993, there was a wizard sitting at a table reading A Brief History of Time, a best-selling popular science book written by Hawking.[2]

At the time of this book's publication, Hawking had been living with Lou Gehrig's disease for over twenty years, requiring him to use a wheelchair.[2]


The name "Stephen" comes from the Greek name Στεφανος (Stephanos) meaning "crown".

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Notes and references

  1. "Stephen Hawking on Wikipedia
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film) - Chapter 4 (The Leaky Cauldron) (see this image and this image)