Remembering Stephen Hawking

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Tragedy struck on March 14, 2018. That day, the man who was arguably the best Theoretical scientist and Cosmologist, passed away, Stephen Hawking.

Stephen Hawking attended Trinity Hall, Cambridge in 1962 – 1966. As of 2014, only 525 students attended this university showing the intelligence Hawking had. During his young years, Hawking was always a bright boy. But as he grew to his teenage years, his intelligence sprouted and emerged, landing himself a place in the school.

By the age of 21, Hawking had noticed his body had become rather limp and his muscles weren’t moving as they should have been. Due to the little amount his legs were working, Hawking started to miss classes and stopped eating, as his muscles weren’t giving in. Only at the young age of 21, Hawking was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and was given only two years to live. ALS is a disease in which all of your muscles stop working, but your brain continues to run just as it always has.

However, Hawking continued to stay strong and married Jane Hawking a short while after being diagnosed with ALS. Though many people disagreed with the genius man, Hawking said there is no god and that the universe was too small for one, which affected the way people viewed his intelligence.

Hawking proved that Black Holes existed. What are those? Black Holes are holes in the universe that are so strong that not even light can escape. Hawking also proved Einstein’s theory of relativity. Hawking then proved that our universe is squeezed into a single singularity, meaning that all the energy and matter in the world was contracted into a single point.

Though ALS was meant to bring Hawking’s life to only 2 years longer, Hawking outlived over 50 years. Stephen Hawking, the worlds greatest cosmologist, reached the age of 76 years old until his final breath. Hawking could not speak due to his ALS, so he used a computer and simply tapped a button, which was incredible because of the fact that he could move his thumb to type things.

Hawking won many awards in his lifetimes such as the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009 and the Albert Einstein Medal in 1979. Many people have been shocked he had never won a Nobel Prize making scientist on an outrage as to why such a genius had never gotten one.

Stephen wrote many books, his most famous being A Brief History Of Time which explains what happened in the universe before we were here. Many scientists have brought his theories to facts, but many of his theories he proved himself.

Stephen William Hawking was not only known as a genius, Cosmologist, Theoretical scientist, father, and husband, but known as the man I looked up to and a man I hope children will recognize in their lifetime, as he has changed the way people think by just having his own mind in a crippled body.

“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” – Stephan Hawking, 1942 – 2018.

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