The Life of a Brilliant Theoretical Physicist, Cosmologist, Mathematician, and Astronomer

Roberto Vivas, Staff Writer

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On March 14, 2018, Stephen Hawking, one of most renowned intellectuals of all time, at age 76, has passed away in his home in Cambridge, England, according to a family spokesperson. After battling with his disease for 55 years, Hawking finally succumbed to it. His ashes are to be interred at Westminster Abbey in London, alongside other scientific luminaries like Issac Newton and Charles Darwin. This article’s purpose is to tell his life story to those who don’t know of his work and journey as a great man of science.

Stephen Hawking, eldest son of Frank and Isobel Hawking, was born in Oxford, England, on January 8, 1942, the 300th anniversary of the death of Galileo, which Hawking always found pride in. During his early education, Hawking could be considered bright, but his interests had him focus on pursuits outside of school, resulting in him being third from the bottom, grade-wise. Hawking did, however, go on to graduate from Oxford University, in 1962, and went to attend Cambridge University to acquire a PhD in cosmology. Unfortunately, a year later, Hawking was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, which would quickly result in the nerves controlling his muscles to shut down. Despite learning his fate, Hawking actually used the event as motivation to devote himself entirely to his work.

During this time, Hawking’s bodily control diminished, forcing him to use a wheel chair, in 1969, but he continued his research on black holes. In 1974, Hawking’s radiation theory was made and instantly made him famous in the scientific community. He would then go on to author or co-author several books on his research and views of the universe, including topics such as religion, aliens, and AI. Despite his fame, Hawking never received a Nobel Prize, and he never will. Before his time, Hawking bore three children with Jane Wilde, his first wife, and had three grandchildren. In a statement to the press, after his death, Hawking’s children, Lucy, Robert, and Tim, conveyed “He once said, ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss him forever.” My condolences go out to his friends and family.

Sources:

  1. “Stephen Hawking.” Biography.com, A&E Networks Television, 15 Mar. 2018, www.biography.com/people/stephen-hawking-9331710.
  2. “Stephen Hawking, Renowned Scientist, Dies at 76.” CNN, Cable News Network, 14 Mar. 2018, www.cnn.com/2018/03/14/health/stephen-hawking-dead/index.html.
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Roberto Vivas, Writer

Roberto Vivas is a junior at Milford Mill Academy in Baltimore, Maryland. He was born in Spain and his parents moved to the U.S due to his father being...

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The Life of a Brilliant Theoretical Physicist, Cosmologist, Mathematician, and Astronomer