Professor Stephen Hawking died today, long-live Stephen Hawking
Professor Stephen Hawking (1942-2018)
Stephen William Hawking was born in Oxford on 8 January 1942. His father, a research biologist, had moved with his mother from London to escape German bombing. Professor Hawking died today, March 14th, 2018.
Here are the most important pieces of advice that I’ve passed on to my children.
Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet.
Never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it.
If you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is rare and don’t throw it away.
– Stephen Hawking
Scientist and Ambassador for Science
Stephen Hawking – who died aged 76 – battled motor neurone disease to become one of the most respected and best-known scientists of his age.
A man of great humour, he became a popular ambassador for science and was always careful to ensure that the general public had ready access to his work. Stephen Hawking, who unraveled the mysteries of the Big Bang and black holes despite a paralyzing nerve disease, died Wednesday at age 76.
He won many awards in the fields of mathematics and science and in 2009, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by then-US President Barack Obama.
Professor Hawking met many famous world figures, including Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg in 2008.
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Remembering Stephen Hawking
Saddened by the news, people have started sharing their condolences and memories of Hawking.
His passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake. But it’s not empty. Think of it as a kind of vacuum energy permeating the fabric of spacetime that defies measure
– Neil deGrasse Tyson / @neiltyson
We have lost a colossal mind and a wonderful spirit. Rest in peace, Stephen Hawking.
– Tim Berners-Lee / @timberners_lee
R.I.P. Stephen Hawking. Among his many profound contributions to this world was this simple sentiment: “It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.”
– Samantha Power / @SamanthaJPower
A Brief History of Time
A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes is a popular-science book on cosmology (the study of the universe) by British physicist Stephen Hawking. It was first published in 1988. Hawking wrote the book for nonspecialist readers with no prior knowledge of scientific theories. The book became an unlikely best-seller although it is unclear how many people actually managed to get to the end of it.
He appeared in a number of popular TV shows and lent his synthesised voice to various recordings, including the Simpsons and Star Trek and Futurama.
The Most Brilliant of Minds
Widely regarded as one of the world’s most brilliant minds, Stephen Hawking, who died this week at the age of 76, was known throughout the world for his contributions to science, his books, his television appearances, his lectures and through biographical films. He leaves three children and three grandchildren.
All of us at Cambridge University will miss him greatly.
The great man has passed, a star extinguished.
In an interview with Piers Morgan on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Hawking said:
“My ultimate ambition is to fly into space. I thought no one would take me, but Richard Branson has offered me a seat on Virgin Galactic, and I said yes immediately”.
– Professor Stephen Hawking
Although it’d be a monumental experience for anyone, it’ll be especially remarkable for Hawking, who suffers from ALS, a disease that rendered him immobile for more than 40 years. Incapable of most motor functions, he’s bound to a specially designed wheelchair and communicates using a text-to-speech system that he controls using a sensor activated a muscle in his cheek.
You can watch the aforementioned part of the interview below (starts at 9:05):
Unfortunately Stephen Hawking did not fly into space. Yet he remains firmly entrenched in our hearts.
Interested in Stephen Hawking’ original works?
Read Stephen Hawkings original PHD Thesis here.
On the list of legendary scientific geniuses, Stephen Hawking is near or at the top. Ever wonder what it’d be like to peer into his mind? As of October 2017, you can. For the first time, Hawking’s 1966 PhD thesis is available for anyone to read online for free. This is what the work of a then-unknown 24-year-old mastermind looks like.
To celebrate Open Access Week 2017, the University of Cambridge was granted permission by one of its most famous alums, Stephen Hawking, to make his PhD thesis available online free. It’s been a long time coming, too. Just the catalog record of the work gets hundreds of views on Cambridge’s Open Access repository, Apollo, over the course of a few months. Does it surprise you to hear Hawking’s 1966 thesis is the most requested item in Apollo?
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