LIFE OF A LEGEND: STEPHEN HAWKING

By Vaishnavi Bomma

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Stephen Hawking’s works on the physics of a black hole had made him popular across the world. numerous theories to his incredible works on the black holes were all provided even though Stephen greatly suffered from a motor neuron disease.

About Stephen Hawkings

Stephen Hawkings was born in unfavourable conditions. His parents weren’t well off and he was born during the second world war on January 8th, 1942, it was believed Germany would attack Britain anytime and oxford was considered to be the safest place so his parents shifted to oxford

Stephen’s father, Frank Hawking was a researcher in tropical medicine, and his mother, Isobel Hawking was a secretary at a medical institute. His father wanted his son to get into the same field. Stephen had no interest in biology, so he chose to study mathematics and physics.

Hawking’s got into the oxford university despite his poor grade in school today we know him as a person with a brilliant and unique personality and an extraordinary brain whose theories are difficult for a non-scientific person to grasp. This was a total shocker to people who didn’t know Stephen was a slacker when it came to his school studies.

At the age of 21, Stephen was diagnosed with a rare and incurable disease named Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), as ASL progresses it degenerates the motor neurons present in the brain and interferes with the messages sent to the muscles. Many doctors who checked him said he would only live for the next 5 to 6 years

Stephen was engaged to Jane Beryl Wilde in his mid-sixties they had three kids- Lucy Hawking, Timothy Hawking, and Robert Hawking.

SOME OF HIS NOTABLE WORKS

A brief history of the time

In his attempts to explain a range of subjects in cosmology including the big bang theory, black holes, and light cones he attempted to give an overview of the subject and still explained some complex mathematics

Brief Answers to the big questions

He says “There is no God. No one directs the universe,” this was his final book. He also answers existential questions such as the creation of the universe, alien intelligence, space colonization, and artificial intelligence.

He gave a brief explanation of time travel; he proposed the idea of a multiverse and our universe was a small part of the multiverse. He also talked about what happened when a black hole exploded.

Anything and everything about Stephen hawking are newsworthy. He was pretty established about cutting-edge physics long before the general public knew of him. He began his career fifty years ago as a scientist of cosmology research at Cambridge University. He has helped us know more about the universe in his 5decade career than anyone else. His theoretical work on the black holes and his outstanding progress in helping us understand the universe better have been revolutionary. Even though he has spent most of his life confined to a wheelchair he didn’t let his illness hinder his scientific development. Many people would rather argue he has been successful due to his disabilities and his liberation from his daily routine has given him plenty of time to work on such topics.

Stephen himself didn’t like to dwell too much on the topic of his disability and even lesser on his personal life. He wanted people to think of him as a notable scientist first, a popular science writer second, and a third as a normal man with his desires and ambitions.

Nonetheless, his life has been remarkable and very inspirational to many people. He had never taken anything for granted he always felt the fate of the universe lay with him and mankind. Today many people look up to him for inspiration because he never let his health and conditions disrupt his research. Here we are today with a piece of better knowledge about our universe and a greater depth of cosmology has been discovered and all the thanks to Stephen Hawking.

By Vaishnavi Bomma

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