The wisest man once said:-
“Look up at the star and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder what makes the universe exist. Be curious.”
These are the words of the man who amazed everyone with his thoughts and capabilities. The person who couldn’t move but can think and express. He proved that only by thinking, evaluating and expressing anyone can light the spark of the revolution.
Stephen William Hawking was born on 8th of January, 1942. He was the eldest of four kids of Frank Hawking and Isobel Hawking. Hawking had two younger sisters, Philippa and Mary, and an adopted brother, Edward. The first school that he went was Byron House School in Highgate, London.
His father wanted his eldest son to go into medicine. But Stephen Hawking from a very early age, was fond of sky, stars and science. Whenever he, with his mother and siblings stretched out in the backyard on summer evenings, he always wondered while looking at the stars. Hawking was not an exceptional student in St. Albans School as he was third from the bottom of his class in his first year. When he was just 16 he made a computer by combining the parts of a telephone and a clock.
At the age of 17 he entered the Oxford University but at that time Oxford didn’t offer a degree in Mathematics, so he gravitated towards Physics and Cosmology. In 1962, he graduated with honors in natural science and went on to attend Trinity Hall at Cambridge University for a PhD in Cosmology. He was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at the age of 20, due to which his body stopped supporting him but he didn’t stop his research.
“However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed.”
– Stephen Hawking
He became a member of the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge in 1968.
He launched his first book ‘The Large Scale Structure of Space-Time’ in 1973. Due to his research about black holes he became a celebrity in 1974.
Stephen Hawking didn’t only believe in life in other planets but in parallel universes also. He didn’t only discovered ‘Hawking Radiation’ but gave a huge contribution in the field of science. The theories that he gave about black holes and singularity are remarkable.
When he was asked ” Do you believe in God?”
He said he can’t say anything about it but science can explain the existence of human life without any creator.
He was known for his easy way of explaining things.
When once in a birthday party a kid asked him “What will happen if I will get stuck in a black hole?”
He said “You will change into a Spaghetti.”
He also wrote many books including science fictions for kids:
•A Brief History of Time (1988)
•The Grand Design (2010)
•The Universe in a Nutshell (2001)
•George’s Secret Key to the Universe (2007)
•Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays (1993)
•A Briefer History of Time (2005)
•My Brief History (2013)
•The Theory of Everything (2002)
•George’s Cosmic Treasure Hunt (2009)
•George and the Big Bang (2011)
•The Nature of Space and Time (1996)
The movie ” Theory of Everything ” is based on Stephen Hawking and Jane Wilde’s (her first wife) love story. For which actor Eddie Redmayne won Best Actor Award.
Stephen Hawking got many awards for his works:
•Presidential Medal of Freedom (2009)
•Copley Medal (2006)
•Wolf Prize in Physics (1988)
•Albert Einstein Medal (1979)
•Princess of Asturias Award for Concord (1989)
•Albert Einstein Award (1978)
•Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society (1985)
This great scientist inspired everyone with his work although he was unable to move. Here are some facts about him.
•He was born exactly after 300 years of Galileo Galilei’s death.
•When he was 21, doctors told him that he only had 2 years more to live.
•He believed in aliens.
•Predicted that one day AI will try to rule over humans.
•He helped in creating Boundless Universe Theory.
•Once lost a bet on Black Holes.
•He took zero gravity flight.
•While studying he said classes were very boring because everything was so easy.
•After being unable to communicate he talked through ‘the computer’, using a speech-generating device (SGD).
And last but not least
•He left this earth in darkness at the age of 76 after exactly 139 years of Albert Einstein’s birth that is on 14th of March, 2018.
I believe that he is still alive in many of those infinite parallel universes that he believed existed.
Rest in peace, Professor Stephen Hawking.
You will be remembered till the very end.