World's Most Famous Physicist Leaves Unbelievable Legacy
After a long and prolific career in physics, Stephen Hawking passed away on March 14, 2018, bringing much sadness to science and the world. There are probably not that many in the world that Dr. Hawking had heard nothing, and still fewer that could deny the brilliance of the man and his genuine love for science and man.
Dr. Hawking was born on January 8, 1942 in Oxford, United Kingdom. From an early age, he showed interest in higher scientific activities and was encouraged by his parents to attend Oxford University, where he graduated with a BA, and the University of Cambridge, where he earned his doctorate. During his career he also gained many additional academic skills. Hawking was an honorary member of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), a lifelong member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. In 2002, Hawking was ranked 25th in the BBC poll of the 1
Dr. Hawking's most famous work is his analysis and his theorems around black holes, which he argues that they emit a certain kind of radiation (aka Hawking radiation) that slowly reduces their mass over billions and billions of years. Although initially controversial, the discovery has now been accepted in the field of astrophysics.
Dr. Hawking had an early-onset, slow-acting form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) that paralyzed him slowly throughout his life. Perhaps his most outstanding feature was the automated voice, which translated the movement of a single active cervical muscle into speech and allowed it to communicate. Despite his diagnosis, Dr. Hawking continued on his goals and remained a giant in the field of physics.
Dr. Hawking was famous for his approach to discussions about the future of humanity. In 2006, he posed on the Internet a question that humanity would seek in 100 years. He firmly believed that humans and planet Earth are incredibly vulnerable to issues such as global warming, nuclear war, genetically engineered viruses, and a plethora of other risks we have not even begun to fathom. He actively encouraged collaboration, cooperation and discussion between different groups of people to promote global and peaceful solutions to the problems of humanity.
Dr. Hawking has had many media appearances throughout his life, including an interview with Arthur C. Clarke and Carl Sagan in God, the Universe, and Everything Else . He also appeared in several television series, including Star Trek (at the behest of Leonard Nimoy), the Simpsons Futurama and the Big Bang Theory. Truly an icon of pop culture, Hawking has been part of many of the most memorable moments on television for the last twenty years.
Dr. Hawking died in early March 2018 at his home in Cambridge, surrounded by his family. He should have been peaceful. Dr. Hawking was praised all over the world as countless individuals expressed their sincere admiration for Dr. Ing. Hawking, her sympathy for his family and her grief over his demise expressed. He not only inspired the love of science for many people, he also remained a voice of reason and progress in a sea of vociferous opinions.
Dr. Hawking has left our world behind, but hopefully humanity as a whole can pay attention to the wisdom of its words. In a world where humanity is divided in many ways, we need more people like Dr. Hawking, which motivates and inspires us to create real and lasting changes that not only improve the present but also the future.