The world’s most favorite, Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76. He died peacefully at his home in Cambridge in the early hours of Wednesday, his family said.
The man who needs no introduction is known for his work with black holes and relativity and wrote several popular science books including A Brief History of Time. Prof Hawking was given only a few years to live after being diagnosed with a rare form of motor neuron disease at the age of 21.
In a limited span of his life, he has lived the whole Universe and has been an inspiration for millions of people. He will be greatly missed and will remain in our hearts forever. Let’s have a look at the life of legendary Stephen Hawking.
He was diagnosed with ALS at 21
Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as motor neuron disease (MND) when he was 21. According to Live Science, the average life expectancy after an ALS diagnosis is three years, with only 5 percent living 20 years or more. This disease led Prof. Hawking to survive in a wheelchair and communicate through computerized voice system.
His book, ‘A Brief History of Time,’ was a record-breaker
Hawking published a book ‘A Brief History of Time,’ to explain the fundamental questions such as how the universe started and whether it will end in 1988. It was a record breaker as it spent more than five years on The Sunday Times bestseller list and was the No. 1 all-time book on their list as of 2014.
One of his biggest discoveries involved black holes
Prof. Hawking showed Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity suggested space and time had a definitive beginning and end while he was working with fellow scientist Roger Penrose. He concluded that black holes aren’t completely black, but emit radiation and eventually disappear.
He held 12 honorary degrees
He holds 12 honorary degrees including Commander of the Order of the British Empire honor which he received in 1982 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009. He was also named a Fellow of The Royal Society, comprised of “the most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists from the UK and the Commonwealth,” according to the society.
Here is a list of the books written by Stephen Hawking
A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes: He is best known for his best-selling 1988 classic. This book helps people understand key questions of physics and human existence. In it, he discusses the origins of the universe and its future.
George and the Unbreakable Code: This was a series of illustrated children’s books which explains secret keys to the universe to younger readers. The book deal with complex topics including the Big Bang. It is written by Hawking and his daughter, Lucy.
My Brief History: This is a memoir published in 2013 which tells about his childhood, his evolution as a thinker and scientist, the impact of his ALS diagnosis and the ways in which the prospect of an early death affected his work.
The Grand Design: According to Hawking, this book was intended to address important unanswered questions such as why there is a universe and whether the universe needed a creator and designer. Prof. Hawking co-authored this book with American physicist Leonard Mlodinow.