A peek into Stephen Hawking's life.
Stephen Hawking died on 14th March, at his residence in Cambridge. The news was confirmed by his family. He was considered equivalent to Albert Einstein.
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This year has brought grief with it. First Shridevi, then Shammi and now Stephen Hawking. It seems death is keeping a list of dignitaries and is targeting all one by one. The news of his death came as a shock to the world. It is a great loss for the field of Science. He was an inspiration and role model for many young scientists. He was known not only for his excellence in cosmology but also for his wicked sense of humour.
He was born on 8th January 1942 in Oxford, England. Twenty years later, he joined the Department of Applied Physics and Mathematics. He chose to study cosmology as no one was working in that field at that time. At age 21, he was diagnosed with a motor neuron disease, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The real tragedy lies in the fact that he was not supposed to live more than two years. Steven defied this and lived for five decades. Due to the sudden news that he may have just two years to live, he started concentrating on his research. He was the best example of the fact that physical disability is not an obstacle. It is just how we handle it becomes one. One thing we all need to learn from is " to stop thinking negatively". If we come to know that we have just a few years to live then we would definitely get depressed. Whereas he took it as motivation to concentrate on his research.
He wrote many books. But, he wrote them in a lucid manner. This showed that his goal was not only to write scientific theories and research. Instead, he wrote his theories in such a manner that a layman can understand his ideas, get some knowledge and a different outlook towards the universe we all live in. Naming a few over here. 'The Universe in a Nutshell' 'A Brief History Of Time' 'God created the Integers'.
He married twice in his life. Jane Wilde and then Elaine Manson. He had three kids with Jane. Robert, Lucy and Timothy. He divorced them. His life as a scientist is full of achievements.He had several museums and buildings named after him. He was honoured with many titles. Such as President Medal of Freedom, Copley Medal, Gold Medal of Royal Astronomical Science and the list goes on. He was considered equivalent to Einstein. He has so many achievements that it is mind-boggling.
He was not just a genius but also had a different approach towards life which mane him a role model for many people. Whoever met him became a victim of his wicked sense of humour. Some of his quotes for a deeper understanding of his genius mind.
- Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.
- The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.
- I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.
- We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.
- My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.
- Life would be tragic if it weren't funny.
- I have no idea. People who boast about their IQ are losers.
- People won't have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.
The work he did will be always be appreciated. Even after his physical existence is no more in this world but his work will be there for centuries and his research will be further enhanced by other aspiring scientists for centuries.