Professor Stephen Hawking is considered to be one of the most brilliant people who ever lived on Earth. Despite his physical condition and all odds, he lived more than science predicted, but during his life, he was an example for many children, young people and scientists who heard about his work. After a remarkable life, Stephen Hawking died at the age of 76 in his home from Cambridge on the 14th of March.
Who was Stephen Hawking
Professor Hawking was one of the most famous physicists and the first who supported the idea that cosmology is a union of relativity and quantum mechanics. In 1974 he discovered something that now bears his name, the ”Hawking radiation”. In addition, he discovered that black holes can fade until nothing is left of them because of energy leaks.
Next to his amazing discoveries, Hawking is the author of many books. One of the most popular is A Brief History of Time and it has been sold in over 10 million copies. This remarkable work was combined with many appearances in popular TV series and cultural shows. He featured in The Simpsons, The Big Bang Theory and more. He played himself in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
The more you learn about Stephen Hawking, the more impressed you are. He was one of the few people who defied all expectations and succeeded in life. At 21, he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease, a terrible syndrome that put him in a wheelchair and unable to speak. Although he was given two more years to live and despite the fact that he could communicate only with the help if a computer, Stephen Hawking proved that limits exist only in our imagination. His life was so impressive that it became a movie and won an Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe.
Since his death, many scientists, celebrities and millions of ordinary people wanted to pay their last tribute to this extraordinary being. Among them, the former US President, Barack Obama twitted a photo where they are together and wished Hawking to have fun among the stars.
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