“I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first.”
The above lines are said by Stephen Hawking, a name which doesn’t need an introduction. He was one of the most famous Theoretical Physicists of this generation. Introducing us to cosmology, he was an inspiration to many.
This day is marked in history and it will be remembered as the day we were saddened by the demise of one of the greatest minds ever born. Remembering him, let’s know him a little better through some facts about his life.
1. Stephen Hawking received average grades in school.
This might come out as a shock to many but his grades ranged from poor to average in school. He was definitely a brilliant scientist.
2. When he was pursuing his Ph.D. he fell in love with Jane Wilde.
3. Stephen Hawking is the only person ever to portray himself in the Star Trek series as himself.
4. Can you guess what was the most mysterious thing in the world for him? The answer is women.
5. During his school time, he was nicknamed as Einstein.
6. Frank & Isobel Hawking, his parents, moved from North London to Oxford (after World War II) because it was considered to be a good place to give birth.
7. Stephen Hawking supported the idea of transporting human lie to another planet.
He even took a zero-gravity flight to feel the weightlessness.
8. He loved adventures during his youth and was a part of his college rowing team at Oxford.
9. He could only speak one-word per minute which he used to do by controlling the cursor on the screen with a twitch of his cheek.
10. On June 28, 2009, he threw a party for time travelers and he told about it the next day. No one came.
11. In 1963 at the age of 21, Stephen was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) which is a motor neuron disease.
Doctors told him that he had just 2 years to live.
12. Stephen Hawking died on March 14, 2018.
It was a coincidence that his day of death is the 30th anniversary of Pi. Moreover, he died on the day Einstein was born and was born on the day Galileo died.
RIP, Stephen Hawking (08.01.1942 – 14.03.2018).