The renowned scientist, legendary physicist, the man who explained the world, behavior of black holes and even examined the origin of the universe, Stephen Hawking’s is no more.
Professor Stephen Hawking died at his home at the age of 76, his family told the UK media.
Hawking’s full name is Stephen William Hawking, he was born on January 8, 1942. There are not enough words to credit his extraordinary contributions to the world of science, especially of his contributions to physics and cosmos.
Here are 10 facts you should know about the British scientist who was honoured with the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the highest civilian award in the United States), besides many other awards and citations.
1. Stephen Hawking’s grades were classified among the worst in his class, yet he was nicknamed ‘Einstein’.
2- Even when Professor Stephen was too young, he used to disassemble clocks and radios, with the hope he might be able to put them back together and learn how they work.
3- In 1963, he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease after which doctors gave him a life expectancy of only 2 years. But he proved them wrong with his willpower.
4- After Hawking lost his ability to write, he developed visual methods with the help of which he was able to see equations in terms of geometry.
5- Hawking had submitted a 134-page thesis in which he explained the origin of the universe. It was called Properties of Expanding Universes. The thesis was made available online on the website of the university, which resulted as the crashing of university’s website.
6- After his thesis became an instant hit, Hawking was quoted as saying, “It’s wonderful to hear how many people have already shown an interest in downloading my thesis — hopefully, they won’t be disappointed now as they finally have access to it!”
7- In 1970, Stephen Hawking stunned the world with his discovery that holes emit radiation.
8- In 2014, a film named ‘The Theory of Everything’ was made about the inspirational life of Stephen and Jane (his first wife).
9- In 2015, Hawking helped in starting an effort to search for extra-terrestrial life and attempt to answer the question ”Are we alone” in the universe?
10- Hawking was also among one of those few individuals who believed and often expressed concerns that life on Earth is at risk. Because of “a sudden nuclear war, a genetically engineered virus or other dangers we have not yet thought of.” He had even warned the world about the increasing population and their soaring energy consumption will be the end of human beings.