Hawking - (2013)
A documentary of his life
Length: 1hr 28 mins
Last watched: 22nd December 2013
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If you are a fan of Hawking then this is an absolute must see. The documentary takes you through Hawking's life, in his own words. From his eccentric childhood, to his twenties and falling down the stairs at Oxford university (one of the first indicators he was unwell), to falling in love and of course his discoveries. Hawking has not only achieved far more than most human beings, but he has done it all on borrowed time. For forty-nine years he has surpassed medical expectations. Which has a certain kind of irony, considering his father had wanted him to study medicine but he chose physics instead. For me, the highlight was when Hawking was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease at the beginning of his PhD. His world had fallen apart, he wasn't expected to even live long enough to finish his postgraduate work and yet, for Hawking, what saved his life and gave him something to live for was not success, academic stature or fame. Instead, as he says, it was that he fell in love. A reminder from someone who has achieved so much, of what is really important when you're faced with losing everything.
BA Criminology & Sociology
University of Kent
Third year undergraduate