Stephen W. Hawking

"One of the Most Brilliant Cosmetologists since Einstein"

Who is Stephen Hawking?

Stephen Hawking is considered "one of the most brilliant cosmologists since Albert Einstein". Without him we would be oblivious to black holes and how the universe may have been created. Though, the most fascinating thing about Hawking is that he is unable to move or talk due to motor neuron disease. Little do people know that he has one many awards due to his discoveries, and how he is able to live a normal life just like anyone else despite his disability.

A Look in Hawking's Childhood

Through his adult life, Hawking made many great discoveries in science. Even since grade school, Hawking was always interested in physics, math, and science, even though he was not always an exceptional student, he always pushed himself forward so he would succeed. Until he was ten he always went to St. Albans High School for Girls. After he graduated high school, he attended Oxford University. Shortly after he graduated in 1962, he began his career as a theoretical physicist, author, mathematician, and cosmologist.

Hawking's Discoveries

Before his first publication, Hawking began making new theories on singularities in the field of general relativity. The Theory of Relativity was created by Einstein saying that the speed of light is constant and no matter what you do to light it will still go the same speed. With this theory, he implied that space and time would have a beginning in the big bang and an end in a black hole. During the project Hawking began to realize that black holes can emit radiation and leak particles and energy due to the quantum theory, a theory of energy and matter by quantum mechanics. This important discovery helped scientists detect black holes by gamma-rays. In 1976, Hawking began to calculate that once a black hole lets out radiation, the amount of mass decreases. Stephen also once made a theory that said gravity creatted the universe and not god. He says "Because there is a law as gravity, the universe can and will create itself out from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why we the universe exists, why we exist".

His Awards, Medals, and Honors

Soon, Hawking's books, discoveries, and hard work paid off with medals, awards, and honors. So far, Hawking has been awarded and honored with:

  • The Eddington Medal
  • Hughes Medal of Royal Society
  • Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society
  • the Wolf Prize in Physics
  • Albert Einstein Medal
  • Prince of Asturias Award in Concord
  • Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize of the American Physical Society
  • Michelson Morley Award of Case Western Reserve University
  • Copley Medal of the Royal Society
  • Maxwell Prize
  • Pius XI Gold Medal
  • Honored the Order of the British Empire (Commander)
  • Honored the Member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences
  • Honored the Companion of Honor

Hawking and His Disability

When Hawking was seventeen, he began falling and stumbling while walking. His father began to notice this, he took him to the doctor the following year. After a series of tests the doctor had announced that he had motor neuron disease, a type of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. The doctor gave an estimate of two years to live, but surprisingly he still lives up to this day.

Stephen is in a wheelchair and cannot move or talk, but is able to carry on his day like any normal person. He is married with three children and is successful in his work. Not to mention, he has successfully written or co-written a total of one hundred forty-nine books. He is able to communicate attached to the arm of his wheelchair which he can select characters through the keyboard by moving his cheek to use as a cursor by a switch which is connected by his glasses.

Why is Stephen Hawking Significant to Me?

Stephen Hawking is an inspiration, his life tells me that no matter what troubles you may have, you can go on and live a normal life while being accomplishing what you love to do most. He may be different than everyone else, but just because he's disabled does not mean that he can not be more successful. There are many different reasons as to why he is inspiring, but his hard earned discoveries and amazing way of living are what makes him inspiring and significant to me in a countless number of ways.

Stephen Hawkings Quotes

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”

“Quiet people have the loudest minds.”

“The victim should have the right to end his life, if he wants. But I think it would be a great mistake. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there's life, there is hope.”

“One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don't throw it away.”

“So Einstein was wrong when he said, "God does not play dice." Consideration of black holes suggests, not only that God does play dice, but that he sometimes confuses us by throwing them where they can't be seen.”

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