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Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, like Sir Isaac Newton before him, is a Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge. He is the author of numerous papers and books, including the phenomenally successful 1988 publication, A Brief History of Time, which remained on The New York Times bestseller list for a record-breaking 237 weeks. His more recent book, The Universe in a Nutshell, was also a bestseller. Curiously, Hawking was born 300 years to the day after Galileo died.