It is a natural phenomenon for a person to gain some attention as a child of a very famous person. At the same time, it is very likely that he gets overshadowed by the fame and achievements of his parent. Robert Hawking is an example of this paradox. Everybody knows the incredibly talented physicist, cosmologist, author, and professor Stephan Hawking. But we know very little about his children. Stephan has three children. Among them, Robert Hawking is the eldest one who lives in the United States of America with his family. 49-year-old Robert works as a software engineer in Microsoft. He is of British decent since both of his parents Stephan and Jane Hawking are from Britain.
Early Life of Robert Hawking
Robert was born to the Hawking family as the eldest child in May 1967. He has two younger siblings a brother, and a sister. His sister Lucy was born on November 2, 1970, and his brother Timothy on April 15, 1979. Robert’s father was a genius and to be a world-famous physicist and author with books like “A Brief History of Time” and “The Universe in a Nutshell”. His mother is also known for her writings. Especially, her memoir “Traveling to infinity: My life with Stephan”. This book was adapted into a movie entitled “Theory of Everything” directed by James Marsh. It was nominated for the category of Best Picture for the Academy Awards. Child actor Oliver Payne portrayed the 6-year-old Robert and Tom Prior played Robert at age 17 in the movie.
During his childhood days, he witnessed his father’s deteriorating health due to Lou Gehrig’s disease, a form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Stephan said that he was the only child among the three who showed interest in science. He also thought that he would be a scientist like his father as a kid. As the eldest child, he had to support and look after his father. His mother Jane Hawking said in an interview that he had to take care of his father. He had to do things that children really don’t have to do. Instead of studying Physics or cosmology, Robert ended up going to a software engineering college in the university.
Robert Hawking’s Career
Though Robert showed interest in science as a kid, he did not follow the footpaths of his father in being a scientist. He studied software engineering in college and currently works as a software engineer. Throughout his professional career, Robert has been in the field of information technology. He is a prominent employee of one of the biggest software company, Microsoft. He spent few years of his life in Canada. Now he lives in Seattle, Washington in the United States of America with his wife, a son, and a daughter.
Robert Hawking’s Personal Life
Robert is completely a family guy with a wife and two children. He has a son and a daughter. Robert is said to be very content and satisfied with his life and is very grateful for everything he has. He likes to spend his time with his children.
Robert Hawking’s Relation With His Family Members
His mother Jane Hawking frequently visits him. He shares a very warm relationship with his father. His brother Timothy is 37 years old and a passionate fan of Formula One Racing. He went to the Exter University and studied Spanish. His younger sister Lucy works as a journalist. She has also written novels. She collaborated with her father and Christophe Galfard to write the children’s book: George’s Secret Key to the Universe.
All three siblings came together on their father’s behalf and accepted the ALS ice bucket challenge in 2014. ALS ice bucket challenge is conducted with the objective of raising awareness and collecting support for charity for research on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Robert along with his two siblings expressed their concerns numerous times regarding their father when he was with Elaine Mason. Mason is Stephan’s second wife and former nurse. He got close to her when he was still married to Jane. He married her the same year he separated with Jane in 1995.
None of Stephan’s children went to the wedding and they never had a soothing relationship with Mason. His marriage with Mason ended legally on 2006. The children started showing their concern after Stephan’s body was seen with bruises. This happened for several times leaving him with a broken wrist. They accused Mason of being responsible for the incidents that caused harm to their father. But Stephan Hawking himself denied all the accusations against Mason. During the time of their marriage, Mason had also earned a bad name as a gold digger. But she denied it and said she really loved Stephan. Stephan also seemed happy and said that he was married to the woman he loved.
Robert Hawking Net Worth
He has worked as in the field of information technology for large part of his life. He currently works for Microsoft. Hawking’s estimated net worth is $5 million.