“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” – Prof. Stephen Hawking
Professor Stephen William Hawking was born to Frank and Isobel Hawking on 8th January 1942 in Oxford England, which is exactly 300 years after the death of another great- Galileo, who studied speed & velocity, gravity & free fall, the principle of relativity, inertia, and projectile motion.
Ironically, one of the brilliant minds of our time and brave soul passed away on 14th March 2018 in Cambridge, England; which has two scientific significances. 14th March is celebrated not only as Pi day but also as the birth anniversary of the great Albert Einstein exactly 139 years later. In fact, Hawking and Einstein both lived until the age of 76 years. Must admit, Professor Stephen Hawking’s both birth and death date has too many happy scientific coincidences.
Stephen Hawking is known for his brilliant work in cosmology, singularity, and theoretical physics. He gave whole new perspective to black holes with his four laws of black hole mechanics. He has several books and publications under his name, to name a few of them:
But the life of Professor Hawking was as challenging as any fictional movie. You may be surprised to note that, he carried out all his brilliant work irrespective of his physical condition. Yes, he was already a victim of a rare early-onset slow-progressing form of motor neuron disease otherwise called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at the age of 21 years. He was not expected to live more than two years by doctors. He is truly an embodiment of a spirit who never gives up and definitely an inspiration to all of us.
It would be unfair not to mention the name of the brave lady, Jane Wilde, who married Professor Stephen Hawking on July 14th, 1965 even knowing his health condition. They had three kids together, two sons and one daughter. But he got divorced. Stephen Hawking was remarried in 1995 to Elaine Mason but unfortunately, that marriage ended in divorce too in 2006.
During the years, the disease spread, making Stephen Hawking immobile, forcing him to be dependent on a wheelchair. Talking grew more challenging for him with days passing by and finally in 1985, an emergency Tracheotomy resulted in complete loss of speech. Science helped him to convey his thoughts; a speech- generating device was constructed at Cambridge University which used software programming for speech output electronically.
But did it stop Professor Stephen Hawking from being what he was? – NO.
He was rather a person who had a great sense of humor! He gave many public lectures with his particular condition. Into a Black Hole in 2008, The Origin of Universe in 2005, Space and Time Warps 1999, etc. are a few of the public lectures to name.
Professor Stephen Hawking has himself acted in American TVC – Big Bang Theory as spontaneously as anyone can imagine. Here is a clipping below:-
There was a movie made in the biography of the great Sir Stephen Hawking too.
Trailer for The Theory of Everything
He was a brilliant mind with simple and humble nature. Surprisingly, he never won a Nobel Prize, but his work and life surely moved our hearts and opened new horizons in science.
Professor Stephen Hawking no matter where you are, we will always miss you, respect you and love you! R.I.P.
“All of my life, I have been fascinated by the big questions that face us, and have tried to find scientific answers to them. If like me, you have looked at the stars, and tried to make sense of what you see, you too have started to wonder what makes the universe exist.” – Prof. Stephen Hawking