Stephen William Hawking, world’s most famous physicist of modern times, has died at the age of 76 at his home in Cambridge. Today, we remember and honor important milestones on the path this amazing person.
The history of internationally reputed theoretical physicist Stephen William Hawking has captured the imagination of great many people. His life will always remain in our hearts, memory, several books and movies about him. In addition to his work that has had a significant impact on evaluation of scientific thinking, he has written a number of popular science-oriented bestsellers. He was even the character of The Simpsons and The Big Bang Theory television shows.
The British scientist was diagnosed at 21 with rare disease that affected his nervous system. Doctors said that he was about to die painful deaths within two years. However, the unique scientist has also become unique even in such a tough situation: contrary to all expectations, the disease of Stephen Hawking has slowed down its progress. Mr. Hawking has lived long and has grown old having lost most of his motor functions, but not the desire and ability to live and keep on doing science.
Furthermore, it is worth noting that he is known for his attempts to combine relativity theory and quantum mechanics theory into a new theory, called quantum cosmology. While studying black holes, the physicist has applied thermodynamics to characterize these mysterious objects and even suggested that black holes leak energy and fade to nothing – a phenomenon that would later become known as Hawking radiation. He was the one, who warned that artificial intelligence could end humankind and that time and space that began in the Big Bang would cease to exist in black holes.
We have already described the life story of Stephen Hawking, let’s now recall some facts from his life.
- Stephen Hawking was born on January 8, 1942 in Oxford, England.
- In 1962 he graduated from Oxford University.
- In 1966 he got his PhD at University of Cambridge for Properties of Expanding Universes thesis.
- In 1963 he was diagnosed to have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
- In 1974 he enunciated Hawking radiation theory.
- Despite the widespread belief, Stephen Hawking have never been the Nobel Prize winner.
- In 1974 he was appointed to a year-long position at the California Institute of Technology.
- In 1979 Stephen Hawking become the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University.
- In 1985 Hawking contracted pneumonia and lost the opportunity to speak. Since then, Hawking was using speech synthesizer.
- A Brief History of Time, bestseller written by Stephen Hawking was published in 1988. A total print run of 10,000,000 copies
- Stephen Hawking’s Universe featuring the theoretical physicist was premiered in 1997.
- In 2007 he flew under zero gravity aboard Boeing 727, but the space flight scheduled for 2009 did not happen.
- The movie about Stephen Hawking The Theory of Everything (2014), in which he was portrayed by Eddie Redmayne, was Oscar-winning.
- In 2016 the physicist put forward the hypothesis that a source of almost unlimited energy is a microscopic black hole.
- The scientist has been married and divorced twice and had three children with Jane Wilde, his first wife.
- As reported by his family, early in the morning of March 14, 2018, Stephen Hawking died at his home in Cambridge.