And in a 2001 interview, he said: “If you believe in science, like I do, you believe that there are certain laws that are always obeyed.
“If you like, you can say the laws are the work of God, but that is more a definition of God than a proof of his existence.”
It comes, therefore, as no surprise to learn Professor Hawking has made some very strong remarks about the afterlife.
In a 2011 interview with Ian Sample of The Guardian, the physicist outright called the afterlife a “fairy story”.
His revelations might come as a surprise, considering he had been struggling with motor neurone disease since the age of 21.