Cosmologist Stephen Hawking tells the extraordinary tale of how he overcame severe disability to become the most famous living scientist in a new documentary film premiered in Britain on Thursday.
British physicist Stephen Hawking attends the 2010 World Science Festival opening night gala performance at Alice Tully Hall in New York.
“This film is a personal journey through my life,” the 71-year-old Briton said
in the trailer to “Hawking”, which he co-wrote and narrated in his distinctive, computer-generated voice.
He adds: “I have lived five decades longer than doctors predicted. I have tried to make good use of my time.”
The film tells in Hawking’s own words and those of his family and friends how a bright student with a fondness for partying became a pre-eminent physicist.
He brought the wonders of the cosmos to millions of people through his lectures and bestselling book, “A Brief History of Time”, becoming a household name.