Skip to Full Menu

Providing information, education, and training to build knowledge, develop skills, and change attitudes that will lead to increased independence, productivity, self determination, integration and inclusion (IPSII) for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Police Close Investigation Into Alleged Hawking Abuse
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
March 29, 2004

CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND--Cambridgeshire police announced Monday that they have no reason to believe Professor Stephen Hawking has been abused, and have decided to close their investigation.

"I can find no evidence to substantiate any assertion that anyone has perpetrated any criminal acts against Professor Hawking," said Detective Superintendent Michael Campbell, who led the investigation. "This matter has now been brought to a close."

The investigation was launched late last year after Hawking's ex-wife and their adult children suggested that a number of unexplained injuries may have been caused by his caregivers.

Police interviewed the famous astrophysicist two weeks ago. He has consistently denied that he had been abused in any way.

Hawking, 62, has Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, a form of motor neuron disease commonly known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease". The Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University, considered by many to be the greatest scientist of his time, is paralyzed except for some fingers he uses to operate a computerized voice box.

His former wife, Jane Hawking, told police that she and their children suspected Hawking's broken wrist, facial cuts, split lip and other injuries he has sustained in recent years were the result of abuse by his full-time nurses or other care-givers.

In the past Hawking blamed his fast-paced lifestyle for his injuries, including a hip fracture he sustained in January 2002 when he accidentally ran his electric wheelchair into a wall.

In 1995, the scientist divorced Jane Hawking after a 26-year marriage, then married his nurse, Elaine Mason. Police interviewed Elaine last week.

"My investigation into these allegations has been extremely thorough and detailed," Detective Campbell said.


©2021 The Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities
 370 Centennial Office Building  658 Cedar Street   St. Paul, Minnesota 55155 
Phone: 651.296.4018   Toll-free number: 877.348.0505   MN Relay Service: 800.627.3529 OR 711   Fax: 651.297.7200 
Email:   View Privacy Policy   An Equal Opportunity Employer 

The GCDD is funded under the provisions of P.L. 106-402. The federal law also provides funding to the Minnesota Disability Law Center,the state Protection and Advocacy System, and to the Institute on Community Integration, the state University Center for Excellence. The Minnesota network of programs works to increase the IPSII of people with developmental disabilities and families into community life.

This project was supported, in part by grant number 2001MNSCDD-03, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.