Scientist and Physicist Stephen Hawking has died at 76
By: Pam Collins, Xiro Xone News March 14, 2018 Updated: 5:06 AM PT
Renowned British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, died Wednesday, morning at age 76.
Hawking suffered from a rare slow-progressing form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). In 1963, when he was 21 years old the doctors told him he had 2 years to live. Against all odds, Hawking lived another 55 years and died at age 76. The disease gradually paralyzed him over several decades, left him wheel chair bound, and unable to speak without assistance.
His children said in a statement, “He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humor inspired people across the world. He once said, ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss him forever.”
Hawking was brilliant in the study of space, time, and black holes. He was born in Oxford, England, was twice married, and left behind three children, Robert, Lucy, and Timothy. He attended Oxford and Cambridge Universities, was a professor, wrote numerous best selling books, and received dozens awards.
Hawking’s achievements helped to prove that even the most severe disabilities do not have to be an impetus to enjoying life, love, or success. He used a single muscle in his cheek that was attached to a speech-generating device, to communicate with people.
In 1977 he was appointed professor of gravitational physics and in 1978, received the Albert Einstein Medal.
In 2009 he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from U.S. President Barack Obama. Then received the 2015, BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Basic Sciences that he shared with, Viatcheslav Mukhanov, for discovering that the galaxies were formed from quantum fluctuations in the early Universe. In 2016, Hawking received the lifetime achievement award for his contribution to science and British culture from Prime Minister Theresa May.
Hawkins thought disaster on earth was a surety. He expressed concern that Earth was at risk from a nuclear war, a genetically engineered virus, or global warming.
He supported universal healthcare and has said, “Without the National Healthcare Service in the UK, I would not have survived.” And was serious when he said, "If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn't turn out well for the Native Americans." And believed, contact with them should be avoided.
Hawking’s early years was depicted in the movie, The Theory of Everything. He also appeared on Star Trek, The Big Bang Theory, and The Simpsons.