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The Ultimate Stephen Hawking Quiz
by Staff
The famed theoretical physicist has been changing our perspectives of the universe for decades. How much do you know about Stephen Hawking?

In the early 1970s, Hawking proposed that a black hole's event horizon can never do what?

  • destroy a planet
  • get smaller
  • absorb another black hole

Hawking had some of the worst grades in his class. What was his school nickname?

  • Einstein
  • Squints
  • Doughnuts

Which invention did Hawking say might be the end of our species?

  • electricity
  • artificial intelligence
  • space travel

Which band used samples of Hawking's electronic voice in a song?

  • Pink Floyd
  • The Flaming Lips
  • The Beatles

Hawking radiation is a type of radiation that is predicted to be emitted by what?

  • supernovae
  • black holes
  • nuclear power plants

How long was Hawking's book, "A Brief History of Time," on the Sunday Times best-seller list?

  • 58 weeks
  • 153 weeks
  • 237 weeks

Hawking has said which of the following should be considered a form of life?

  • black holes
  • stars
  • computer viruses

Which life event does Hawking credit as making him focusing his energies on his studies?

  • having a baby
  • becoming ill
  • meeting his first wife

Which major publication called Hawking "Master of the Universe"?

  • New York Times
  • Time
  • Newsweek

What is the name of the disease that Hawking has?

  • muscular dystrophy
  • Lou Gehrig's disease
  • multiple sclerosis

After he was diagnosed, how long did doctors give Hawking to live?

  • two years
  • two months
  • two weeks

How old was Hawking when he was diagnosed?

  • 13 years old
  • 18 years old
  • 21 years old

Regarding the possibility that extraterrestrial beings may come to Earth, Hawking worries that what might happen?

  • They’ll use our oxygen.
  • They might kill us all.
  • They might make the rich even richer.

Which team did Hawking join during his time at college?

  • rowing
  • chess
  • fencing

When he was a teenager, Hawking built what from spare parts?

  • a radio
  • a computer
  • a television

Why did Hawking's mother leave London during her pregnancy?

  • lack of food
  • Nazi bombing raids
  • chemicals in the water

Hawking divorced his first wife to be with whom?

  • a distant cousin
  • one of his doctoral students
  • his nurse

Hawking helped start an organization called Breakthrough Initiatives, which is dedicated to what?

  • finding extreme life on Earth
  • pinpointing alternate dimensions
  • the search for extraterrestrial life

Hawking's father initially wanted him to go into what field?

  • teaching
  • medicine
  • engineering

In which book did Hawking finally indicate that he did not believe a god created the universe?

  • "My Brief History"
  • "A Brief History of Time"
  • "The Grand Design"

Using his cheek muscles and a computer system, Hawking can communicate at what speed?

  • one word per minute
  • one sentence per minute
  • one paragraph per minute

What did Hawking say likely happens to information that's pulled into black holes?

  • It is permanently lost.
  • It is emitted as radiation.
  • It is doubled.

Hawking was born exactly 300 years after what famous historical figure died?

  • Christiaan Huygens
  • Galileo Galilei
  • Leonardo da Vinci

Which actor played Hawking in a biographical film called "The Theory of Everything"?

  • Eddie Redmayne
  • Charlie Cox
  • Harry Lloyd

On which TV show did Hawking appear as a hologram of himself?

  • "Firefly"
  • "Doctor Who"
  • "Star Trek: The Next Generation"

The Hurtle-Hawking state proposes that what did not exist before the Big Bang?

  • Earth
  • time
  • matter

Billionaire Richard Branson helped Hawking do what?

  • float in zero gravity
  • build a supercomputer to prove one theory
  • communicate with a computer

Which concepts did Hawking add to the 1996 edition of "A Brief History of Time"?

  • nuclear fusion and asteroid orbits
  • wormholes and time travel
  • the Big Bang and black holes

What did Hawking propose would happen if the universe stopped expanding?

  • Stars would collapse due to gravity.
  • A reverse Big Bang would destroy everything.
  • Time would run backward.

Hawking incorrectly stated that which particle would never be found?

  • graviton
  • Higgs boson
  • gluons