Well known physicist and author of ‘A Brief History of Time‘ Stephen Hawking died at his home in Cambridge in the early hours of Wednesday at the age of 76. In a statement, family of Professor Hawking, said, “He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world.” His illness did not stop his scientific pursuits. Professor Stephen Hawking’s key work revolved around basic laws that govern the universe.He was awarded with 13 honorary degrees.
Despite his challenging physical impairments, he has contributed much to the world of science.
Here we are sharing 10 cool and fascinating facts about Stephen Hawking you didn’t know about:
#1 In 1963, at the age of 21, doctors had said he would not live more than two years. He was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at that time.
#2 His only one cheek muscle was working, he communicated with a speech-generating device.
#3 His birthday (January 8, 1942) was the 300th anniversary of the death of astronomer and physicist Galileo Galilei.
#4 During his school times, Stephen Hawking was nicknamed as- Einstein. He died on the same day of the birthday of Einstein.
#5 When he was pursuing his Ph.D. at the Cambridge, he fell in love with Jane Wilde who was a friend of his sister.
#6 Stephen Hawking was an advocate of searching for other habitable planets in order to survive the human race, and in 2007, he took a zero-gravity flight to experience the weightlessness.
#7 He appeared on Television many times. ‘The Simpsons’ (American Sitcom), ‘Star Trek: Next Generation’, ‘Stephen Hawking: Master of the Universe’ and ‘Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking’ are some of the shows in which we can see him. In ‘The Simpsons’ we can see his animated version. He lent his voice himself in this sitcom.
#8 His book ‘A Brief History of Time’ was on the British Sunday Times best-seller list for a 237 weeks
#9 Professor Hawking was known for his theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, which is referred to as Hawking radiation
#10 In 2009, Hawking was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.