A Brief History of Time: Stephen Hawking
The world’s best known scientist, 76-year-old Stephen Hawking is no more. But there is so much to learn from his life then the scientific theories he was popular for.
- Hawking suffered from a slow-progressing form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) from the age of 21, however he never allowed the disease to dictate his way of life. He was not expected to live more than two years. Yet, Hawking defied the odds, not only attaining his Ph.D. but also forging new roads into the understanding of the universe in the decades since. His life is a testament of hard work and the will to achieve the extraordinary.
- He made the understanding of science easy and part of daily life. His work was constructed to be read and understandable even by children.
- A member of the Royal Society, Hawking received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, United States highest civilian gallantry award in 2009.
- His books have become bestsellers and have changes our perspective towards science – “A Briefer History of Time,” “The Universe in a Nutshell,” “The Grand Design” and “On the Shoulders of Giants” have allowed the general public to grasp complicated concepts.
- In 2014, a biographical movie on his life was released- “The Theory of Everything.” It opened the world’s eyes to his achievements and the struggles he faced in his life.
The world will remember him as one of the world’s greatest physicists. He is an epitome of what anyone can accomplish in their lives if they put their mind to it.