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Trinity Hall, Stephen Hawking and The Theory of Everything: Where the Story Began

24 February 2015

Where the Story Began

Eddie Redmayne, star of The Theory of Everything won Best Actor at the 2015 BAFTAs and Oscars for his spectacular portrayal of Professor Stephen Hawking (1962).

The film, which was adapted by Anthony McCarten, was based on the memoir Travelling to Infinity by Jane Wilde Hawking, Stephen’s first wife, which focuses on her relationship with Hawking, his diagnosis of motor neuron disease and his success in physics.

It’s the extraordinary story of one of the most celebrated physicists, Stephen Hawking, and Jane Wilde, who he fell in love with whilst studying in Cambridge in the 1960s. Following an earth shattering diagnosis, Hawking embarks on his most ambitious scientific work with Jane fighting tirelessly by his side. As Hawking’s physical health deteriorates, and as his academic renown soars, his relationship with Jane is put to great tests. Part biopic, part love story, The Theory of Everything is the tender story of two people who found friendship during and after their marriage.

Set in the beautiful grounds of St Johns, The Theory of Everything was able to capture the essence of Hawking’s time at Cambridge University. However, the archive photographs at the end of the film show Stephen and Jane's wedding photograph which was taken in front of the Old Library at Trinity Hall following their marriage in Trinity's Hall Chapel in 1965. Hawking matriculated as a graduate student at Trinity Hall in 1962 and later became an Honorary Fellow in 1984.


Social Media #CantabOscars #TheTheoryofEverything

With strong ties to the University, The Theory of Everything has taken social media by quite a storm, especially amongst the Cambridge network. Not only is the film based on the life of Stephen Hawking (1962) and set in St Johns College, but the star of the film and winner of best actor Oscar, Eddie Redmayne, is also a Cambridge alumnus, matriculating at Trinity College in 2000.

Twitter users may have noticed the recent birth of #CantabOscars asking all Colleges to share the names of alumni who have been awarded Oscars. With Trinity Hall’s Rachel Weisz (1988) also contributing to the list, the current count sits at 8! To see the list, visit www.cam.ac.uk/70-years-of-cambridge-at-the-oscars and don’t forget to follow @TrinityHallCamb. A full listing of our social media networks can be found on our online directory.

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