You might aid that understanding by some better punctuation and grammar.
What do you mean by saying you have a "good understanding g gnome?" I also don't understand why Dr. Hawking being gravely ill should make any difference as to whether his words should be reported clearly. "Clearly" they should in any case, yes?
My understanding of Dr. Hawking's view toward God leads me to interpret "there is no need for a god to have created this universe," to mean one can effectively ignore the notion of a god. This isn't much different than saying there isn't one, in my opinion. But I've been know to assume too much.
"In the nightgown of the sullen moon, How the windows lean into the room, In the nightgown of the sullen moon."
-They Might Be Giants