Stephen Hawking’s in his book ‘The Grand Design”, co-written by American physicist Leonard Mlodinow, claims that no divine force was needed to explain why the Universe was formed. He rejects Sir Isaac Newton’s theory that the Universe did not spontaneously begin to form but was set in motion by God.
Only a few years ago in June 2010, Prof Hawking told a Channel 4 series that he didn’t believe that a “personal” God existed. He told Genius of Britain: “The question is: is the way the universe began chosen by God for reasons we can’t understand, or was it determined by a law of science? I believe the second. If you like, you can call the laws of science ‘God’, but it wouldn’t be a personal God that you could meet, and ask questions.”
Until his retirement Prof Hawking was Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, a post previously held by Newton.
Stephen Hawking is considered by many to be the second greatest physicist in the world after Albert Einstein. He was born in England in 1942, exactly 300 years after the death of Galileo Galilei.