'The Theory of Everything' Shines a Light on Stephen Hawking's Love Life

August 22, 2014 10:14 PM

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'The Theory of Everything' Shines a Light on Stephen Hawking's Love Life

If you've seen the trailer for The Theory of Everything, the forthcoming film about Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane, you may have felt your heart swell and eyes tear up. After all, their story is filled with love, dedication, groundbreaking science and inspiring teamwork. Shortly after falling in love as students at Cambridge in the 1960s, Stephen was diagnosed with ALS (which you hopefully know plenty about given all the ice buckets), eventually rendering him unable to speak or walk. With her tireless support and determination, Stephen went on to become the most celebrated physicist of our time. But real life is never like the movies is it?

I had two tiny babies, I was running the home and looking after Stephen full time: dressing, bathing, and he refused to have any help with that other than from me. I thought that to coerce him into taking these measures would have been too cruel. One of the great battles was getting Stephen to use a...

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