University College Boat Club

Before ALS and his ample scientific offerings, Stephen Hawking was a university student who did his fair share of cutting up. Seen above holding the white handkerchief, Hawking joined the Oxford University boat club where he served as a rather daring coxswain whose strategies would result in a number of damaged boats.

Interestingly enough, it was while rowing that Hawking exhibited some early signs of his illness. At age 21, Hawking would be diagnosed with ALS and a life expectancy of two years. Today, Hawking is 73.

Savannah Cox
Savannah Cox
Savannah Cox is the Managing Editor of All That Is Interesting. She holds a Master's Degree in International Relations, and works as a reporter/producer for DNAinfo.
Close Pop-in
Like All That Is Interesting

Get The Most Fascinating Content On The Web In Your Facebook & Twitter Feeds