Little-known facts about the astronomical life of this cosmologist, physicist and writer are able to impress and delight people.
In this article you will learn some things you didn’t know about Stephen Hawking.
The renowned physicist stands out for his significant contributions to the field of cosmology, the study of the origin and development of the universe.
During his lifetime, Hawking, despite his illness, became a cultural icon who tried to make scientific concepts accessible to humanity.
Stephen Hawking was so well known that during his lifetime, he appeared on TV shows and even in a film called ‘The Theory of Everything’.
Despite its popularity, there are many curiosities that you need to know about it.
1. Doctors said he would be only live for 2 years.
He was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, when he was just 21 years old.
The disease affects nerve cells involved in muscle movement, decreasing the ability to move and speak over time.
Symptoms usually develop after age 50 and lead to death in a few months or years.
Despite this, he lived to be 76 years old, dying on March 14, 2018. Coincidentally the celebrated ‘IP Day’ number used for complex mathematical calculations.
Stephen Hawking on October 10, 1979 in Princeton, New Jersey.
2. Made Contributions That Made History
Stephen made many important contributions to the world of science. He developed theories about how the world started and deepened our understanding of black holes, stars and the universe.
In 1974, for example, he made one of his most famous predictions: that black holes would eventually evaporate completely.
At first, the researchers believed that absolutely nothing could escape a black hole. Everything that passed through its horizon of events would certainly be torn, devoured and would never end. In this way, the black hole would get bigger and bigger.
But in the 1970s this changed. He developed the concept of Hawking radiation. So, instead of expanding over time, black holes can eventually dissolve.
He also indicated that the beginning of the universe may have arisen with the explosion of a black hole. Interesting, isn’t it?
3. Stephen Hawking Wished Everyone Had That Knowledge
Stephen always wanted his work to be accessible to everyone, not just scientists and the cosmological world. He wrote books that explained his theories in simple terms.
In this way, everyone understood could understand, dialogue, discuss and pass on knowledge.
He even wrote a children’s book with his daughter. The most famous book was “A Brief History of Time”, which sold more than 10 million copies.
4. Although his illness was devastating, he did not allow anything to get in his way. Literally!
Stephen bravely faced his illness with the help of his wife, Jane Wilde, with whom he had 3 children.
However, he had to use walking sticks and crutches after diagnosis. But as his illness progressed, he had to use an electric wheelchair to get around.
He was famous for driving too fast and running over other students’ fingers!
Stephen received many awards for his work, including the Albert Einstein Medal in 1979, the Order of the British Empire (Commander) in 1982 and the Wolf Prize in Physics in 1988.
He is also remembered as an inspiration for many people. He had an incredible mind, an incredible determination and did not let his illness get in the way.
He defied doctors’ predictions, living for another 55 years after his diagnosis.