This isn’t book-related, but this man did inspire me in my life in many ways, so I have to publish this today.
Professor Stephen W. Hawking passed away earlier today at the age of 76. A well known physicist with a rare form of motor neuron disease, it is really a wonder that he lived as long as he did. Just last semester I had to read one of his books for a class I was taking and need I say it was brilliantly written? This man was one of the greatest scientists to ever grace the Earth, and I am incredibly saddened by his passing.
The way this man personally inspired me had more to do with his life story than his work in cosmology. I have watched two movies dedicated to his life (Hawking and The Theory of Everything) and they are part of the reason that I find his story so incredibly awe-inspiring! Granted, I know I’m not really a fan of him for why he should have been famous (his scientific contributions) and I am a little ashamed of that, but honestly, that doesn’t mean this man inspired me any less than I’ve already said.
I feel like it’s the end of an era as this wonderful cosmologist and human being passes on, and while I am incredibly sad that he has done so, I know now that when I look at the stars I will always remember him. He was as beautiful a human being as he was brilliant, and I know that he has left this earth having made contributions that we should always be thankful for!
Professor Hawking had a comedic side to him that often showed up on one of my old favorite television shows. Seeing this man appear and be practically worshipped on The Big Bang Theory made me proud to know his story, because every time I saw him on the show, not only did it acknowledge his brilliance, but also allowed him to have fun by engaging in comedic situations, which I imagine he needed.
In his life, he met the Queen of England and turned down a knighthood. I know why he turned the honor down, but I feel like he fully deserved it. He made a wonderful contribution to the scientific community, and for that alone he should be remembered. That said, I will always remember the reason why he inspired me so much. To be diagnosed with motor neuron disease and live as long as he did is amazing in and of itself, and I am glad that he was able to do the work he wanted in life.
Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the world, Professor Hawking. We will miss you.
Professor Stephen W. Hawking (June 1942 – March 2018)
Eddie Redmayne as Professor Hawking in The Theory of Everything
Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Hawking in 2004’s BBC movie Hawking.