April 26, 2007 - Becomes the first quadriplegic to experience zero gravity, aboard a Zero Gravity Corporation flight.
October 2007 - "George's Secret Key to the Universe", a children's sci-fi novel to explain the universe, written with daughter Lucy is published. The book is the first in a trilogy.
November 30, 2008 - Is appointed by the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario to be its first Distinguished Research Chair.
May 19, 2009 - "George's Cosmic Treasure Hunt", the second in the series of children's sci-fi novels written with daughter Lucy, is published.
July 30, 2009 - Is awarded the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama.
September 30, 2009 - Steps down as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University after 30 years. Hawking will continue to work at the university.
2009-present - Director of Research at the Institute for Theoretical Cosmology at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University.
September 7, 2010 - New book "The Grand Design", written with Leonard Mlodinow, is published.
August 28, 2012 - "George and the Big Bang", the third and final installment in a series of children's books written with daughter Lucy, is published.
December 2012 - Wins the Fundamental Physics Prize and is awarded $3 million for his theory on black holes emitting energy.