Worldwide known physicist Stephen Hawking dies at 76 on March 14, 2018. It’s very unfortunate that family spokesman announced that Stephen Hawking has passed away. No doubt, Stephen Hawking was the one of the greatest scientists lived in the history. His books and theories will be remembered forever.
Let’s provide brief information about his life to remind you some of his great achievements.
Who is Stephen Hawking?
English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, astronomer, mathematician and author of wildly famous book across the world – Hawking was born in 1942. He has brought a new perspective in various different subjects with his books. He carried forward theorems from historical scientific works and tried to explain unknown.
The most significant work of his was his contribution to Einstein’s theory of relativity. In partnership with fellow physicist Roger Penrose, implemented quantum theory to suggest that space time would begin with the Big Bang and end in black holes. He has also discovered that black holes are not only black, but also emit radiation which also called Hawking radiation.
What was Stephen Hawking’s Disease? Why was Stephen Hawking on a Wheelchair?
British Scientist, Stephen Hawking suffered from ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. It’s a neurodegenerative disease and generally fatal after few years. Hawking was diagnosed when he was 21 in 1961. Doctors expected him to die in couple years. However, he held on to the life and his outstanding work.
Eventually, disease caused him losing ability to move and paralyzed him. This is why he was living in a special wheelchair where he could communicate through a keyboard. With the movement of few fingers, Stephen Hawking accomplished everything through his life, even his ability to speak!
List of Stephen Hawking’s Books
As we mentioned earlier, Stephen Hawking has been author for many books with worldwide reputation. He has also cooperated with various other scientists to come up with different books. Here is the list of Stephen Hawking Books:
- A Brief History of Time (1988)
- Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays (1993)
- The Universe in a Nutshell (2001)
- On the Shoulders of Giants (2002)
- God Created the Integers: The Mathematical Breakthroughs That Changed History (2005)
- The Dreams That Stuff Is Made of: The Most Astounding Papers of Quantum Physics and How They Shook the Scientific World (2011)
- My Brief History (2013)
- The Nature of Space and Time (Co-authored) (1996)
- The Large, the Small and the Human Mind (Co-authored) (1997)
- The Future of Spacetime (Co-authored) (2002)
- A Briefer History of Time (Co-authored) (2005)
- The Grand Design (Co-authored) (2010)
List of Stephen Hawking’s Awards
Brilliant British scientist have a broad collection of awards. Considering his work and his achievements, the list could be much longer. We can understand how little attention science receives from modern society. Here is the list of Stephen Hawking’s awards:
- Adams Prize (1966)
- Eddington Medal (1975)
- Maxwell Medal and Prize (1976)
- Heineman Prize (1976)
- Hughes Medal (1976)
- Albert Einstein Award (1978)
- RAS Gold Medal (1985)
- Dirac Medal (1987)
- Wolf Prize (1988)
- Prince of Asturias Award (1989)
- Andrew Gemant Award (1998)
- Naylor Prize and Lectureship (1999)
- Lilienfeld Prize (1999)
- Albert Medal (Royal Society of Arts) (1999)
- Copley Medal (2006)
- Presidential Medal of Freedom (2009)
- Fundamental Physics Prize (2012)
- BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award (2015)
What is the name of Stephen Hawking Movie?
As being one of the most important scientists in the history, Hawking has also taken his part in Hollywood. In 2004, a drama documented his life with “Hawking” name. Ten years after, Hawking’s life was on the screen with movie named “The Theory of Everything”.
Regardless of all his contribution to science, he was a brilliant individual. We can only wish him to rest in peace and thank for his dedication to knowledge!