Stephen Hawking is a British physicist who is famous for his ideas on space and time.
Even if you have no idea about the popular theories of physics, or even just simple physics, or even the term ‘science’, you surely must have heard something about Stephen Hawking. Yes, Hawking, that dude who wrote “The Brief History of Time”, and sold 25 million copies of the same.
Well, that dude is one the coolest and famous scientists in the history of mankind. Stephen Hawking is a world renowned theoretical physicist, cosmologist, astronomer, and mathematician. Born on 8th January 1942, Hawking is currently a Professor of mathematics and astronomy, in the University of London.
This year, in 2014, Hawking turned 72, a numerical milestone which is remarkable in itself. He is someone who is not just famous among fellow scientists and intellectuals, but is true celebrity and a household name. In short, he is a celebrity scientist. Clearly, he is brilliant, and it would be really interesting to know about how he became famous as he is. Though, his thoughts and contributions on black holes radiations, time traveling, and space, the Big Bang, etc are fascinating.
But, there are a few other things about him that might just grab your attention. Here, are a few facts about Stephen Hawking:
- Hawking was born on Jan. 8, 1942, which just happened to be the 300th anniversary of Galileo's death.
- He is the seventeenth Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, an academic chair at Cambridge University. From 1669 to 1702, the position was held by Sir Isaac Newton.
- If given the chance to meet either Sir Isaac Newton or Marilyn Monroe, he said his choice would be Marilyn.
- Stephen Hawking's IQ is said to be 160, the same as Albert Einstein. Which is why, he was nicknamed ‘Einstein’. Also, he hates biology.
- At 21, he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and according to the doctors he could just live for a few years but amazingly he is still alive in the age of 72.
- Before his illness, he was one of the most important members of Oxford Rowing Team. His dedication and perfection made him very popular and he was called as “the adventurous type” by one of his fellow boatman.
- The disease has left him paralyzed and completely dependent on others and/or technology for everything: bathing, dressing, eating, mobility, and speech. He's able to move only a few fingers on one hand. Also, his speech synthesizer has an American accent.
- Has guest-starred, as himself, on "The Big Bang Theory", "Star Trek: The Next Generation", "The Simpsons" and on British television in addition to many documentaries.
- Among his more unconventional theories, Professor Hawking has predicted the end of humanity - due to global warming, a new killer virus, or the impact of a large comet.
- He took a Zero-Gravity Flight at the age of 65 to save mankind. Hawking, float out of his wheelchair for the first time in four decades, and was even able to perform gymnastic flips.