Hawking has put Newton’s gravitational theories to the test in 2007. Until Hawking discovered radiation coming from black holes – named “Hawking radiation” after him – the two giant theories in physics, Einstein’s general relativity and quantum mechanics, often conflicted.
In particular, Professor Hawking was praised for quotes interpreted by some as being about depression in a speech at the Royal Institution in London in 2016. His passing was noted by actress Mia Farrow, Apple CEO Tim Cook, former President Barack Obama and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May.
His illness left him crumpled in a wheelchair and dependent on a computerised voice system for communication. Remembering the brilliant personality, here are some facts about him to know the person more deeply.
1988: Hawking publishes “A Brief History of Time”, which seeks to explain to non-scientists the fundamental theories of the universe.
“The world has lost a great mind and one of the most courageous people ever born”. From this single point, our entire expanding universe burst forth, bringing with it all the laws of time and physics we understand today, Hawking said.
The University of Cambridge said Prof Hawking was “an inspiration to millions” and his work will leave “an indelible legacy”. Hawking was diagnosed with ALS at 21.
Earlier in March, the renowned British physicist said there was nothing around before the Big Bang. His life was also portrayed in an Academy Award nominated film titled “The Theory of Everything” which was based on a memoir by his wife Jane Hawking.
But it was through scientific articles and his 1988 global bestseller “A Brief History of Time” that Hawking was able to communicate his genius and share his discoveries about black holes.
“Professor Stephen Hawking was an extraordinary man and a pioneer for all people with an impairment around the world”.
The world’s most famous physicist visited York in 2014 to relive treasured memories of a family trip years before, and he was seen in city bars and museums, drawing attention wherever he went.
@vanor: I just want to say thank you quietly.
Another animated hit of Matt Groening, Futurama, also featured Stephen Hawking. “#StephenHawking is free from the physical constraints of this earthly condition we all exist in and he is soaring above us now marveling at it all.” – actress Mayim Bialik, who appeared with Hawking on the USA television show “The Big Bang Theory”, on Twitter.
Hawking was a generous charitable sponsor and donor, who set up the Stephen Hawking Foundation “to facilitate research into Cosmology, Astrophysics and Fundamental Particle Physics both at school and university level” and also “facilitate and support work relating to Motor Neurone Disease and those living with the disease”. “He predicted that black holes would not be completely black, but would radiate in a characteristic way”.