In 1963, Hawking contracted motor neuron disease and was given two years to live. Yet he went on to Cambridge to become a brilliant researcher and Professorial Fellow at Gonville and Caius College. From 1979 to 2009 he held the post of Lucasian Professor at Cambridge, the chair held by Isaac Newton in 1663. Hence Professor Hawking received over a dozen honorary degrees and was awarded the CBE in 1982. As He was a fellow of the Royal Society and a member of the US National Academy of Science. So Stephen Hawking is regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Einstein.
Some Interesting Facts About Stephen Hawking
1. Stephen Hawking was born on Galileo’s death anniversary and passed away on Einstein’s birth date.
Stephen Hawking was born January 8, 1942, on the 300th anniversary of Galileo’s death. Interestingly, he died on March 14th, on the anniversary of Albert Einstein’s birth.
2. His love for mathematics and physics instead of Biology.
Stephen Hawking took a liking to mathematics from an early age, and he would have liked to have majored in it. Also his father, Frank, however, had different ideas. He hoped Stephen would study medicine.
But, for all his interest in science, Stephen didn’t care for biology. He has said that he found it to be “too inexact, too descriptive”. He would have rather devoted his mind to more precise, well-defined concepts.
One problem, however, was that Oxford didn’t have mathematics as a major. The compromise was that Stephen would attend Oxford and major in physics.
3. His Interest
In fact, even within physics, Stephen focused on the bigger questions. Hence When faced with deciding between the two tracks of particle physics. Which studies the behavior of subatomic particles, versus cosmology, which studies the large universe as a whole, he chose the latter. So, he chose cosmology despite the fact that, at that time, he says, it was “hardly recognized as a legitimate field”.
In explaining why he said that particle physics “seemed like botany. There were all these particles, but no theory”.
4. Because of his love for creating things, he nickname was Einstein in school.
Despite his poor grades, Hawking was nicknamed ‘Einstein’ by his classmates after he built a computer with his friends as a teenager. Hence He also had an almost unbelievable understanding of space and time, which shocked everyone.
Famous Quotes From Stephen Hawking
Beautiful and tremendous collection of Stephen:
“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”
“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”
“We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.”
“My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.”
“Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.”
“I have no idea. People who boast about their IQ are losers.”
“People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.”