“My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.”
Stephen Hawking, the theoretical physicist, and cosmologist has died at the age of 76 after a long battle with ALS. Often said to be the smartest person in the world, Hawking has led the scientific community of modern times. His books A Brief History Of Time, The Universe In A Nutshell, and The Grand Design have shaped our view of the universe. He was the Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge also. All while he was wheelchair bound. Since 1963, when Hawking was 21, he has had the rare slow-moving form of ALS. ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a motor neuron disease that slowly causes the muscles to stiffen and twitch, over time the muscles themselves shrink due to the inactivity.
“People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.”
Hawking gained notoriety as a scientist due to his great understanding of black holes and relativity. Obviously, he is often compared to the Albert Einstien of our time. He was to have a great sense of humor, which is evident in his appearances on tv shows and online videos. The movie of his early life and career The Theory of Everything chronicled his personality before his fame after the disease took hold.
“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”
Stephen Hawking was a brilliant mind and a fantastic man. He overcame a debilitating disease to do great things. He was an advocate for the human race to be better. He wanted us to move into the future being the best we could be. His life is a reminder that nothing can hold us back from being the best we can be.