Born in Oxford, England and affected with a motor neuron disease, Stephen Hawking is one of the most acclaimed Theoretical Physicists of modern times. Besides his contribution in the filed of Science (especially Cosmology), his life has many other things worth knowing. Here are some interesting facts about him and his worthy life:
1. Safe Birthplace
His parents, Frank & Isobel Hawking, moved from North London to Oxford, England as at that time (during 2nd World War), it was considered a safe place to give births.
2. Hawking as Einstein
During his school times, Stephen Hawking was nicknamed as- Einstein.
3. When he built a Computer!
At the St. Albans High School, he built a computer along with his group of friends and his Mathematics teacher Dikran Tahta from an old telephone switchboard, clock parts and other recycled components.
4. Adventurous Hawking
Stephen was very adventurous and witty in his youth and was a part of the rowing team at the University College, Oxford.
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5. When he fell in love!
When he was pursuing his PhD at the Cambridge, he fell in love with Jane Wilde who was a friend of his sister.
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6. When he was told: He had only 2 years to live!
In 1963 at the age of 21, Stephen was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) which is a motor neuron disease and doctors told him that he had only 2 years to live.
7. Studious Family!
His father, Frank, and mother, Isobel, both attended the University of Oxford. He has two younger sisters (Philippa & Mary) and one adopted brother, Edward. They often spent their meals silently reading a book.
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8. When he felt weightlessness!
Stephen hawking is an advocate of searching for other habitable planets in order to survive the human race and in 2007 he took a zero-gravity flight to experience the weightlessness.
9. Hawking on Television!
He has appeared on television multiple times. His animated version appeared on The Simpsons (American Sitcom) for which he lent his voice himself. He also appeared on Star Trek: Next Generation. He has also appeared in popular documentary shows like Stephen Hawking: Master of the Universe and Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking.
10. When Hawking lost a bet!
In 1997, Stephen Hawking lost a bet to American Theoretical Physicist John Perskill about the concept of Black Holes which stated that nothing can escape from a black hole which was in violation to the fundamentals of quantum mechanics. Finally he admitted his defeat in 2004.
11. Story of his accent
Although he is a British, his artificial voice in his speech synthesizer has an American accent.
12. Mystery for Hawking!
When asked which is the most mysterious thing in the world, Hawking replied- its’s women!
13. When he accepted the Ice-Bucket Challenge!
In 2014, Stephen Hawking accepted the Ice-Bucket challenge but due to the severe pneumonia, he could not do it so, his children did it on his behalf.
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14. Hawking vs Pope!
Pope John Paul II didn’t always support his views as both have contradictory ideologies. According to Pope- there should be no argument over who created the universe as it’s obviously God, while, according to Hawking- it’s Science which can explain the creation of the universe.
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