‘Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change’
— Stephen Hawking
The world might have never thought of waking up next morning with a tragic news about sad demise of Stephen Hawking— brilliant British theoretical physicist who gave life to discoveries that led human awareness of different dimensions about origin of the universe-time-gravitational singularities.
Cosmologist, astronomer, mathematician and author of some Brilliant books, left world clueless with the potential he had that kept him fighting with such a debilitating disease called as —‘Lou Gehrig’s disease’ or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)—Defying all the odds by not only attaining his Ph.D. but also forging new roads into the understanding of the universe.
Stephen was born in England on 8 Jan, 1942— 300 years to the day after the death of the astronomer Galileo Galilei. He attended University College, Oxford, where he studied physics, despite his father’s urging to focus on medicine. Physicist went on to Cambridge to research cosmology, the study of the universe as a whole.
The disease left Hawking wheelchair-bound and paralyzed. His body functions merely allowed him to move only a few fingers on one hand and was completely dependent on others or on technology for virtually everything — bathing, dressing, eating, even speech.
Stephen used a speech synthesizer that allowed him to speak in a computerized voice with an American accent.
‘However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at’ Stephen hawking once said.
His scientific works include a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called “Hawking radiation”.
Stephen Hawking’s main contributions to the field of physics and cosmology lie in the studies of:
- The origins of the universe
- The Big Bang theory
- The universe began with a gravitational singularity
- Singularities (gravitational and space/time continuum singularities) are more common in the universe than we think
- Black Hole radiation
- The universe has no space/time boundaries
- There is no god
- The balance of probability is strongly in favor of the existence of alien life forms elsewhere in the universe. Some may be intelligent; though the balance of probability is lesser.
Hawking became godfather of science and math geeks as he did guest-starring by playing a holographic simulation of himself in an episode of Star Trek. His life was amplified in the 2014 movie, “The Theory of Everything.”
An extraordinary person with huge intelligence and courage, persistence—Creator—an Out of box thinker has succeeded in inspiring people across the world.