Fact: Physicist Stephen Hawking has teamed up with Russian billionaire Yuri Milner to launch a venture to seek out extraterrestrial life in the universe. Facebook investor Milner plans to sink over $100 million (£66.7 million) in a decade-long search for alien intelligence.
Fact: Professor Stephen Hawking will make an appearance at next month's (Jun15) Glastonbury Festival in England. The scientist, who was portrayed by Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything, will be part of the line up in the festival's Kidz Field.
Quote: "Congratulations to Eddie Redmayne for winning an #Oscar for playing me in The Theory of Everything Movie. Well done Eddie, I'm very proud of you." Physicist Stephen Hawking offers his congratulations to Eddie Redmayne following his Oscars win.
Fact: British physicist Stephen Hawking has filmed a cameo appearance in a sketch for British charity telethon Comic Relief. The scientist will join comedians David Walliams and Matt Lucas as they revive their comedy series Little Britain for the skit. The special will be broadcast in the U.K. on 13 March (15).
Quote: "I thought Eddie Redmayne portrayed me very well. At times I thought he was me. I think Eddie’s commitment will have a big emotional impact." Physicist Stephen Hawking is a big fan of actor Eddie Redmayne's portrayal of himself in new film The Theory Of Everything.
Fact: Legendary scientist Stephen Hawking was so impressed after seeing an early screening of his biopic The Theory of Everything that he offered up the actual computer voice he uses in real life, and that voice made the final cut of the film. Les Miserables actor Eddie Redmayne portrays the physicist when he is first diagnosed with motor neurone disease, or Als, in his early 20s.
Fact: British physicist Stephen Hawking is set to be the subject of a new U.S. Tv documentary entitled A Brief History of Mine. The movie will air on network Pbs later this year (13) and feature commentary about his life from his famous pals, including actors Jim Carrey and Benedict Cumberbatch, as well as entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson.
Fact: British model/actress Lily Cole and businessman Sir Richard Branson turned out to celebrate Stephen Hawking's 70th birthday at the U.K.'s prestigious Cambridge University on Sunday (08Jan12). The celebrated scientist and author, who has suffered motor neurone disease since the 1960s, was unable to attend the event after battling an infection which saw him briefly hospitalised last week (begs02Jan12).
Quote: "I don't have any talent. I'm just a dumbass. I mean, I can put a couple of words together, but I'm not Stephen Hawking." TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan remains modest about his intellectual capabilities.