Lucy Hawking

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Lucy Hawking is an English journalist
A journalist collects and distributes news and other information. A journalist's work is referred to as journalism.A reporter is a type of journalist who researchs, writes, and reports on information to be presented in mass media, including print media , electronic media , and digital media A...

 and novelist. She is the daughter of theoretical physicist
Theoretical physics
Theoretical physics is a branch of physics which employs mathematical models and abstractions of physics to rationalize, explain and predict natural phenomena...

 Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking
Stephen William Hawking, CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA is an English theoretical physicist and cosmologist, whose scientific books and public appearances have made him an academic celebrity...

 and she lives in London
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Education and career

Hawking studied French
French language
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 and Russian
Russian language
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 at the University of Oxford
University of Oxford
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, and then commenced work as a journalist. She has worked for New York
New York (magazine)
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 magazine and has written for the Daily Mail
Daily Mail
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, The Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph
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, The Times
The Times
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, and the London Evening Standard. She has also worked as a radio journalist.

Hawking has written two novels: Jaded (2004) and Run for Your Life (2005) (also published as The Accidental Marathon).

In 2007, she published George’s Secret Key to the Universe, an adventure story about a small boy called George who finds a way to slip through a computer generated portal and travel around the solar system. Written with her father, Stephen Hawking and his former Ph.D. Student, Christophe Galfard, George’s Secret Key has been translated into 38 languages and published in 43 countries. George’s Cosmic Treasure Hunt, a look across the universe for signs of life followed in 2009. Their third children's story will be about "What happened at the Big Bang?"

In April 2008, Hawking participated in NASA’s 50th Birthday lecture series, contributing a talk on children and science education. Based on her experiences in touring worldwide with George's Secret Key, giving talks for children on physics and astronomy, the lecture highlighted the need to engage children in science at an early age.
Hawking won the Sapio Prize for popularizing science, awarded in Rome in October 2008.
She is vice president of the National Star College, a residential foundation which provides care and education for young adults with complex and multiple disabilities and a Friend of the ARC. Hawking is also an FRSA.

Hawking is an administrative staff member of the Autism Research Centre (ARC), which is situated within the School of Clinical Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry, Section of Developmental Psychiatry, at the University of Cambridge
University of Cambridge
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. She is in charge of Friends of the ARC. She became interested in autism
Autism is a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior. These signs all begin before a child is three years old. Autism affects information processing in the brain by altering how nerve cells and their...

 when her son was diagnosed with the disorder.

In 2010 Arizona State University
Arizona State University
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 appointed Hawking writer-in-residence of its 2011 Origins Project.

Children's fiction

These are co-written with her father Stephen
Stephen Hawking
Stephen William Hawking, CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA is an English theoretical physicist and cosmologist, whose scientific books and public appearances have made him an academic celebrity...

  • George's Secret Key to the Universe
    George's Secret Key to the Universe
    George's Secret Key to the Universe is a 2007 children's book written by Stephen and Lucy Hawking.Its main characters are George, Eric, Annie, Dr. G. Reeper , and Cosmos, the world's most powerful computer. Cosmos can draw windows allowing people to look into outer space, as well as doors which act...

    , (Random House, 2007) ISBN 9780385612708
  • George's Cosmic Treasure Hunt
    George's Cosmic Treasure Hunt
    George's Cosmic Treasure Hunt is a 2009 children's book written by Stephen and Lucy Hawking. George and Annie, the middle-school cosmologists, return in this sequel to the 2007 story, George's Secret Key to the Universe.The book was followed by...

    , (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 2009) ISBN 9781416986713
  • George And The Big Bang
    George And The Big Bang
    George And The Big Bang is a book by the British physicist Stephen Hawking with author, and daughter, Lucy Hawking. The book is the third book in the series.-Plot:...

    , (DOUBLEDAY, 2011) ISBN 9780385611916