Jane Hawking: Some Untold Story About Late Legend Stephen Hawking’s Ex-Wife

A Short Info on Jane Hawking


Jane Beryl Wilde Hawking Jones widely known as Jane Hawking is an English author and educator. Besides this, Jane is mostly popular for being as the former wife of Late Stephen Hawking, an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and more importantly his contribution to science. Further, he was the director at the Center for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge. Jane has written a fabulous autobiography about her life with Stephen. Her first autobiography “Music to Move the Stars: A Life with Stephen” was published on 1999 and in 2007, for a second time republished her updated version of autobiography with the title “Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen”.

Wilde was famous for her work as a writer and later the award-winning movie, The Theory of Everything (2014) was directed from the memoir “Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen”. Further, she was known from the Television Film named Hawking (2013) and This Morning (1988) that brought to success in her life career. Jane having been married to her former husband for almost three decades, have three children, two handsome sons, and one beautiful daughter namely Robert Hawking, Timothy Hawking and his beautiful sister named Lucy Hawking. Currently, Jane is with her husband Jonathan Hellyer Jones and led a blissful married life.

Jane’s Early Life and Educational Backgroundjane-stephen-early-days

Jane was born on March 29, 1944, in England, the UK with her birth name Jane Beryl Wilde. The gorgeous lady, Jane was British by her nationality and holds an English Ethnicity. Since her childhood days, she was raised in the Church of England by her lovely Christian parents, father George Wilde and mother Beryl Wilde. She grew up in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England.

Moving to her educational background, Jane studied languages and completed her college level from Westfield College, England. Incredibly, in 1962, Jane and Stephen first met through mutual college friends at a party. After working for years on her doctoral thesis from Westfield College, Jane got her Ph.D. in medieval poetry in April 1981. Through this, she finally felt compelled and prepared to have an academic identity within Cambridge. This is all about her educational achievement.

Her Career and Professional Life

Jane Hawking placed her career in the field of writer and teacher. As a writer, she first wrote about her own first marriage titled “Music to Move the Stars: A Life with Stephen” in the year 1999. Again in 2007, after having so many ups and downs in her as well as Stephen’s life, she again decided to begin her career and released an updated version of her previous autobiography by giving the title “Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen”.

Later the award-winning movie, The Theory of Everything (2014) directed by James Marsh was from the memoir “Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen”. In this movie, he brings a depth and beauty to the love story of Stephen and Jane Hawking. And Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones gave their best portrayals as Stephen and Jane in the movie. And Jones was nominated for her work in the Academy Award for Best Actress. Besides all the success of this movie, the most heart touching part was when Late Hawking had tears after watching the movie. From this, we can imagine how genuine and best the film was.

Jane’s other works are also fabulous. During her early time, she gave her writing at the first priority. Jane, in addition to work on “The Theory of Everything”, also known for her from the Television film namely “This Morning (1988)” and “Hawking (2013)”. Hawking, a BBC television film about Stephen Hawking’s life and Jane Hawking was portrayed on television by Actress Lisa Dillon.

Jane’s Family and Personal Life

The relationship between Jane and Stephen Hawkingjane-family

As we already stated that in 1962, Jane and Stephen met for the first time at a party through mutual college friends in 1962. Just one year later, Stephen was diagnosed with motor neurone disease known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Though both were aware of the diseases and his life expectancy and limitations, the lovely couple decided and engaged in 1964 and finally tied their knot in 1965 at the hometown of St Albans. In their happy married life, they welcomed their first child named Robert Hawking (born on 1967) who is a prominent software engineer and works for Microsoft. And later they had two children daughter Lucy Hawking (born on 1970) who is popular for her work as a journalist, educator and philanthropist and Timothy Hawking (born on 1979) who is a Brand Development Manager at the LEGO Group in London.

While talking about Timothy, though he is known for Stephen’s third child, there is some doubt about whether Stephen was Timothy’s biological father or not. After releasing the movie “The Theory of Everything”, people started to guess about Tim as the child of Jonathan Hellyer Jones, not from Stephen. However, Tim has the surname of Hawking and even DNA test can’t change their relationship as father and son. And Timothy always called Stephen as his father and loved him very much. And according to “The Guardian”, Jane also claimed that there is no doubt about Timothy is Stephen’s child.

Due to Stephen’s illness, Jane had to suffer from depression. In 2004, in her interview, she even cited her Christian faith for giving her hope in her marriage and the depression she faced as a result of being his then-caregiver. She also noted the irony in her faith-based strength to help him in light of Stephen Hawking’s well-known atheism. And After spending almost 3 decades together, the pair decided to get divorced. They started to get separated in 1990 and almost after five years they finally split up in 1995. After just one year of their separation, in 1996, Jane Hawking has stepped up her life and married to Musician Jonathan Hellyer Jones. However, Jane after her second marriage always supported her former late husband through his health problems. Like Jane, after five years, Stephen also went to marry Elaine Mason, his Nurse after split-up with Jane.  And after his divorce with his second wife, Nurse Elaine Mason, during the Postlude to her 2007 memoir, Travelling to Infinity, she said that “We are able to associate freely again and enjoy many a family occasion together. It has been quite like old times.”

Married life with her present hubby, Jonathan Hellyer Jonesjane-jonathan

As we somehow call it with destiny or intention, Jane and Jonathan met from the suggestion of a friend. For taking a break and moving from the constant demands of caring for Hawking, her friend suggested taking a singing class in the local church choir. Interestingly, the local church choir was handled and run by Jonathan. Jonathan was a keen singer at that time. Jonathan became a part of their family, he shared the workload of caring for Stephen with Jane and helped to bring up the children. They slowly have known each other and finally tied in the relationship. After Jane divorced with Stephen, Jane and Jonathan eventually married in 1997.

In her interview, she said that “ I don’t think of my life as having two marriages, I think of it as a continuum, We all lived in such harmony, and for so long, until the divorce and the disruption.” She also added, “I’ve been able to lean on Jonathan- we can lean on one another, whereas in the past with Stephen, he was dependent on me all the time. He worked very hard and he was very successful, but I never felt I could lean on him emotionally or confide in him.”

Heart Breaking Moment in Hawking’s familystephen-death

On 14 March 2018 at the age of 76, Jane’s former husband, Stephen Hawking died after fighting with the rare form of motor neurone disease for more than 50 years. He was truly one of the greatest inspiration for every people in the world. His whole story was dramatized in the award-winning movie “The Theory of Everything”. He died peacefully in his home town in Cambridge on the early Wednesday. At last his three children confirmed of his death and stated that “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today, he was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humor inspired people across the world. He once said, ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss him forever.”

How about her Net Worth?

The beautiful lady, Jane Hawking Jones has been active in the writing field from an early age. She is well-known as the former wife of Late Stephen Hawking. Besides this when looking at her career, she is a well-established writer and educator and has got a huge success in her career. From this, we can predict that she has accumulated a huge net worth through her successful career. However, if we are talking about her net worth or how rich she is, the exact information regarding her net worth hasn’t been totally disclosed yet.