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5 Facts About Stephen Hawking That Weren't in The Theory of Everything

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The Theory of Everything was excellent, but it left out some key facts

If you saw 2014's The Theory of Everything and didn't cry, you might not be human. I mean, come on, Stephen and Jane Hawking's story is both gut-wrenching and inspirational — it has all the makings of a total blubber-fest.

Buuuuuut, it didn't exactly tell the whole truth about Stephen Hawking's life. Rather, it gave a small snippet of it. The focus of the film is on Stephen and Jane's relationship, and it leaves out some other very important facts about one of the world's greatest minds.

The Theory of Everything is still a must-see, but we can't help but want to round out a couple of other things about Hawking.

1. Stephen Hawking's marriage to his second wife also ended in divorce

The Theory of Everything depicts the challenging marriage between Stephen (Eddie Redmayne) and Jane Hawking (Felicity Jones). Eventually, the couple divorced and Stephen married his nurse, Elaine Mason (Maxine Peake). Stephen and Elaine divorced in 2006, after 11 years of marriage.

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The Theory of Everything was excellent, but it left out some key facts
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2. Elaine has been alleged of abusing him

In 2003, Stephen Hawking's own daughter, Lucy, reported mysterious injuries on her father to the police. According to the Daily Mail, "Prof Hawking declined to explain how his injuries had come about. A number of his former nurses, however, were in no doubt. They alleged that over the years his wife inflicted a catalogue of injuries on the vulnerable scientist: fractured his wrist by slamming it on to his wheelchair; humiliated him by refusing him access to a urine bottle, leaving him to wet himself; gashed his cheek with a razor, allowed him to slip beneath the water while in the bath, ensuring water entered the tracheotomy site in his throat; and left him alone in his garden during the hottest day of the year so long that he suffered heatstroke and severe sunburn."

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A version of this article was originally published in January 2015.

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