On Monday, renowned physicist Stephen Hawking turned 76-years old. Over the years, he has been one of the most important voices when it comes to the difficult process of understanding the universe. His theoretical physics work has earned him a huge number of honors. It’s no secret that his robot-like voice has also made him a worldwide phenomenon, recognized by everyone and loved by so many. This is why, in order to celebrate his birthday, everyone should know some of the most interesting facts about this special person’s life.
When he was only 21-years old, he received the harsh diagnosis of ALS. Many people might be aware if this thanks to the critically-acclaimed movie The Theory of Everything, where Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne portrayed him. Because of this disease, Hawking has been in a wheelchair ever since. He also need the help of a computer to speak. It’s interesting that not many people live 20 years after receiving the diagnosis, but it seems that Hawking defied science.
The life of Stephen Hawking
One of his most important discoveries had to do with black holes not being completely black. He, along with scientist Roger Penrose, showed that they not only emit radiation, but can eventually disappear. This was his way of proving that Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity actually had an end and a beginning. Space and time have an end and a beginning.
It’s also worth noting that back in 1988, he published the book called A Brief History of Time. It was a record-breaker that spoke to normal people about how the universe came to be and when or how it might end. Hawking also hold an impressive number of 12 honorary degrees. Among those are the Commander of the Order of the British Empire honor. The physicist is also a Fellow of The Royal Society.
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