It is with great sorrow that we at Penguin Random House have heard of the death of Stephen Hawking on 14 March 2018 at the age of 76. Our heartfelt condolences are with his family at this time.
Already a highly-respected academic, holding the post of Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge, Stephen Hawking reached a worldwide audience with the publication of A Brief History of Time (first published in the UK under the Bantam Press imprint in 1988), which explained the laws which govern the universe to the general reader. It became a publishing phenomenon, selling two million copies in its UK editions alone.
A Brief History of Time was followed by further successful titles: Black Holes and Baby Universes (1993); An Illustrated Brief History of Time (1996); The Universe in a Nutshell (2001) and A Briefer History of Time (2005). He is also the author, with his daughter Lucy, of the globally successful George books for children. There are five of the adventures set in space, all published by Penguin Random House: George’s Secret Key to the Universe (2007), George’s Cosmic Treasure Hunt (2009), George and the Big Bang (2011), George and the Unbreakable Code (2014) and George and the Blue Moon (2016).
In tribute to Stephen, Larry Finlay, Managing Director of Transworld, said: "It is truly our privilege to have been Stephen Hawking’s publisher for the last three decades. He has increased the popular understanding of scientific theory like no-one else since Einstein. Not only was he one of the world’s greatest thinkers, he was also a man with an infectious sense of mischief and wit."
Francesca Dow, Managing Director, Penguin Random House Children’s UK added: "It has been our pleasure to work with Stephen and Lucy on their books for children. I know that Stephen’s legacy will live on through these books, bringing his discoveries, achievements and clarity of thought to the next generation."