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Remembering Stephen Hawking: 5 inspirational moments from The Theory of Everything


The world is today reeling from the death of revered astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who has passed away in his Cambridge home at the age of 76.

Hawking's life was remarkable on a number of different levels. Diagnosed with motor neurone disease at 21, he went on to defy the odds and transform quantum physics with the publication of his book A Brief History of Time.

Esteemed not just for his intellect but his quick wit and sense of humour (his appearance on The Simpsons was, in his words, "the highlight of my career"), Hawking established a wider fanbase outside the scientific community. Hollywood came calling in 2014 when his life story was put on screen in The Theory of Everything, starring an Oscar-winning Eddie Redmayne as Hawking himself.

We're honouring his memory by rounding up five unforgettable moments from the movie.

1. Stephen meets Jane

The Theory of Everything is, at its heart, a love story. The hushed moment where Stephen first meets eventual wife Jane (Felicity Jones) is a powerful reminder that behind the great mind lurked a great love.

2. Stephen's theory

The effects of the debilitating motor neurone disease become movingly apparent as the film proceeds. However, it also reminds us of Stephen's resolve, nowhere more so than during the scene where he discovers his black hole theory.

3. Stephen regains his voice

The scene in which Stephen tries out his (soon to be characteristic) voice synthesiser for the first time is a sobering and moving reminder of how he never gave up. Instead, he gained a new lease of life, gaining the freedom to lecture and speak on the subjects for which he was so renowned.

4. Stephen's philosophy

When questioned by an audience member about his belief system, Stephen responds in typically profound fashion, giving an inspirational lesson not only to those in the room, but all over the world.

5. "Look what we made"

There surely can be no greater celebration of Stephen's astonishing life than during the film's tear-jerking climax. As he and Jane proudly survey their children, science and love come together in a reverse climactic montage, one that takes us back to the beginning of their relationship.

Don't forget to share your favourite Stephen Hawking moments with us @Cineworld.