Happy Birthday, Stephen Hawking!

Stephen Hawking at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge.

When you want to write a haiku for Stephen Hawking, where do you start? The guy is one of the greatest scientific minds of modern times. He discovered that, contrary to popular belief, some stuff can escape a black hole. That ‘stuff’ is now called Hawking radiation. He united quantum mechanics (the laws that govern tiny particles) with general relativity (the laws that govern very big things, like galaxies) into one “theory of everything”. He wrote A Brief History of Time, one of the best-selling science books ever. He’s guest-starred on The Simpsons, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and The Big Bang Theory.

Happy Birthday, Stephen Hawking!

Stephen William Hawking (January 8, 1942) is an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge.

Hawking is an Honorary Fellow of the RSA, a lifetime member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the US.

In 2002, Hawking was ranked number 25 in the BBC’s poll of the 100 Greatest Britons. He was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge  between 1979 and 2009 and has achieved commercial success with works of popular science in which he discusses his own theories and cosmology in general; his book A Brief History of Time appeared on the British Sunday Times best-seller list for a record-breaking 237 weeks.

Hawking has a rare early-onset, slow-progressing form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) that has gradually paralysed him over the decades. He now communicates using a single cheek muscle attached to a speech-generating device.

Stephen Hawking is master of the universe, a phenomenon. Best wishes hor him.

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