The master of cosmology returned back to the cosmos…
The death of Stephen Hawking is perhaps one of those black holes that science can’t fill up. At the age of 76, in the early hours of Wednesday, the cosmologist and author of the best-selling book A Brief History of Time breathed his last. His family consisting of his children confirmed his death at his home in Cambridge. They put a statement that his courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired all the world’s people. They said they are going to miss him forever.
“I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first”- Stephen Hawking
It is no wonder that Hawkings was one of the biggest celebrities in science since Albert Einstein. His passing away is not only an unforgettable loss to science but also to the mankind. Professor Hawking was born on January 9, 1942, mystically on the 300th death anniversary of Galileo and died 14th March 2018, the 139th birthday of Einstein. Undoubtedly, it reveals a cosmic connection between these cosmos experts.
Hawking-Journey of Life
Born British, he became a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author throughout his life. Also, he was the Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology in the Cambridge University, England. Destined to die in 1965 at the age of 23 after the diagnosis of motor neurone disease by the doctors in 1963 the expectations turned to zero. Hawking had a form of the disease that progressed more slowly than usual time. Not succumbing to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) by the indomitable spirit he continues to contribute in the field of physics. He expanded his life as well as revolutionized Physics for more than half a century.
Among his remarkable contributions, understanding the origin of the Universe, Black Holes, Singularity etc are some of those. Despite his troublesome physical disability that paralysed him over the decades, he used to think that he is free in his mind. The universe has everything in abundance and so is our mind. The power of the mind is unfathomable just like the universe.
To name few of his legendary works in the recent years are :
- My Brief History(2013)
- The Dreams That Stuff Is Made of: The Most Astounding Papers of Quantum Physics and How They Shook the Scientific World (2011)
- God Created the Integers: The Mathematical Breakthroughs That Changed History (2005)
- On The Shoulders of Giants (2002)
- The Universe in a Nutshell (2001)
Children’s fiction (Co-written with daughter Lucy)
- George and the Unbreakable Code (2014)
- George and the Big Bang (2011)
- George’s Cosmic Treasure Hunt (2009)
- George’s Secret Key to the Universe (2007)
Films and series
- The Big Bang Theory (2012, 2014 and 2017)
- Genius by Stephen Hawking (2016)
- The Theory of Everything – Feature film (2014) starring Eddie Redmayne
- Stephen Hawking: A Brief History of Mine (2013)
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy: Hexagonal Phase – Voice for the Guide Mark II (2018)
In 2001, Professor Hawking stepped in India and met the former President. He came for unveiling the Albert Einstein Memorial Lecture titled ‘Predicting the Future: From Astrology to Black Holes.’ Then the Indian President was K.R. Narayanan, who later described the meeting as “an unforgettable experience.” Truly he was a pioneering scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy that will live up to hundreds and thousands of years across the world. Therefore, let us pay tribute to such a man who through his own life became an example and taught us that nothing can limit our innermost treasure, absolutely nothing.