Commander Stephen William Hawking, CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA (born 8 January 1942)is an English theoretical physicist and cosmologist. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a lifetime member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and in 2009 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.
Books: A Briefer History of Time , George’s Cosmic Treasure Hunt , The Grand Design
George Passmore(Plymouth, United Kingdom, 8 January 1942) is one of two artists who work together as collaborative duo Gilbert & George. George and Gilbert Proesch (San Martin de Tor, Italy, 17 September 1943) have become famous for their distinctive, highly formal appearance and manner and their brightly coloured graphic-style photo-based artworks.
Robin Ellis (born 8 January 1942 in Ipswich) is an English actor best known for his role as Captain Ross Poldark in 29 episodes of the BBC classic series Poldark, adapted from a series of books by the late British author, Winston Graham. He also appeared in Fawlty Towers, Elizabeth R (playing Essex), The Moonstone, Bel-Ami, Sense and Sensibility, The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, and Blue Remembered Hills (written by Dennis Potter). He co-starred with Lee Remick in the Merchant Ivory film, The Europeans (1979).
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Joan Freeman is an American actress.
Vyacheslav Zudov was a USSR cosmonaut.
Jon Lucien was a singer born on the island of Tortola.
Vija Rožlapa is a Latvian chess master.
Fernando Peres was a Portuguese footballer.
Valya Balkanska is a Bulgaria n folk music singer.
Angel Marin is Vice President of Bulgaria.
Archibald Sim is a former South African cricketer.
Richard Beggs is an American sound engineer.
Bob Taft is an Ohio Republican Party politician.
John Petersen was an American drummer.