Stephen Hawking, Writer: A Brief History of Time. Stephen Hawking was born on January 8, 1942 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England as Stephen William Hawking. He is an actor and writer, known for A Brief History of Time (1991), Hawking (2013) and Stephen Hawking's Universe (1997). He has been married to Elaine Mason since September 16, 1995. He was previously married to Jane Hawking.