Stephen Hawking

Stephen William Hawking was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and the Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge. Hawking was an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), a lifetime member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. He was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, a post previously held by many greats like Isaac Newton, Charles Babbage, and Paul Dirac to name a few. He has also written many books, one of them being, which I think everyone has read, A Brief History of Time.

 

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Stephen Hawking while receiving the highest civilian award

 

Stephen Hawking was born on January 8th, 1942. He was born to Frank and Isobel Hawking, both of them attended The University of Oxford. His mother, Isobel, was one of the first female graduates from Oxford College. His father was a medical researcher who also graduated from Oxford. The family did not play sports or watch television to pass the time. They kept beehives in their basement and made firecrackers in the garage. Dinner was a silent affair because everyone was reading a book. Imagine yourself in his place!!! But, Stephen was not a great student at the school, but he still loved learning. He would lie on the grass and watch the stars with his mum. He and his sister shared a great relationship. They used to spend most of their time together. They used to spend time by playing a game of discovering all the unusual ways to get into their house.

He got diagnosed with a motor neuron disease called Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis at the age of 21 and he was told he could live only for a few more years. Even then he got engaged and married Jane Wilde and cited his relationship with her was a reason to live for. They have three children: Robert, Lucy, and Timothy Hawking.

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Most of the guys think that Stephen Hawking is only a theoretical scientist. But it is just a facet of his beautiful life. He was part of the Oxford University rowing team. He had also built a computer using scrap. He lent his voice to his character in the famous American show ‘The Simpsons’. He took a zero-gravity flight back in 2007. He really enjoyed his life!!

Hawking’s many scientific works include & gravitational singularity theorems & in collaboration with Roger Penrose, in the framework of general relativity and the theoretical prediction, that black holes emit radiation, called Hawking radiation by people. But for all the ground-breaking research he has done, Nobel Prize always remained elusive to him.

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The world has really lost a great person. We cannot bring him back but we can always remember him and pass on his legacy. As pointed out by many, he hasn’t died, he has just figured out a way to go into some unknown dimension or maybe he’s just traveling in time and having fun. How we wish it’s true. Fitting for a great man, he breathed his last on the birthday of another great scientist, whom we know by the name of Albert Einstein. Coincidentally, Hawking was born on the 300th death anniversary of yet another great scientist named Galileo Galilei.

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I am just a child who has never grown up. I still keep asking these how and why questions. Occasionally, I find an answer.

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