Though few understood Hawking's work, many related to the man

Though few understood Hawking's work, many related to the man

During his career, Hawking became a cultural icon who tried to make scientific concepts accessible to the wider community.

Hawking never won a Nobel Prize, although his book "A Brief History of Time" was the one that made him the lead beyond his field.

While the brilliant mind behind the theory of relativity was instantly recognisable by Einstein's unruly "mad scientist" hair, Hawking's wheelchair and his synthesised voice made him every bit as iconic.

Now, with Hawking making a number of appearances in the science-inspired show, The Big Bang Theory cast have paid tribute to the late professor.

Hawking was an astrophysicist who lived most of his life with ALS, a motor neuron disease. This man's life can thus be connected to the life that is now being led by me, famed soccer player Neymar. The smile on Neymar's face nearly seems as though he's mocking Hawking for having lived most of his later years in a wheelchair, while Neymar knows he'll be out running around by the time the World Cup arrives in the summer.

Hawking began using crutches after his diagnosis in the '60s, and resisted transitioning to a wheelchair. He reveled in a zero-gravity flight, freeing him, he said, from the confines of his wheelchair. If you haven't, read A Brief History of Time.

Hawking was a theoretical physicist. It always got a big laugh.

In 1975, he bet physicist Kip Thorne a Penthouse subscription that an astronomical object known as Cygnus X-1 was not a black hole.

Today, the entropy of a black hole is called Bekenstein-Hawking entropy, but the radiation emitted from a black hole is called Hawking-Bekenstein radiation, or often just Hawking radiation. "But when he first came up with this idea and presented it to his colleagues, they thought it was rubbish".

Fair to say it didn't go down well, idiot!


Hawking was also recognized for his successful research on black holes.

Above all, Hawking was deeply concerned with humanity's survival.

"I rather felt that the family had been left behind".

"Here are the most important pieces of advice that I've passed on to my children", Hawking said. He said such missions would help unite humanity in a shared objective of spreading the human race beyond Earth. "We do not yet know which".

"Hawking was one of the leading scientists of our time, and also a great human being". They had three children together: Lucy, Timothy and Robert.

Jul. 14, 1965 - Marries his first wife, Jane Wilde, a modern languages student he met at Cambridge. In it, she explained the marriage experience with Hawking and its breakdown.

In real life, things were a bit more complicated.

At the time of his death, Hawking was probably the most famous scientist and exemplar of rational thinking in the world.

The Higgs boson is theorised to give other particles mass, but Prof Hawking said in a speech at London's Science Museum: "Physics would be far more interesting if it had not been found" - it would force scientists to develop alternative solutions to the problem of mass. Well-wishers lined up at the University of Cambridge to sign a book of condolences. "Many handsome and moving messages", the college wrote on Twitter. The theory, Hawking explained, was that only someone from the future would be able to attend.

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