The British physicist Stephen Hawking passed away on 14th March 2018 morning at the age of 76. The author of ‘A Brief History of Time’ died peacefully at his residence in Cambridge in England, a spokesman for his family confirmed in a statement. With a handful of research and contradictions he left behind, Stephen Hawkings will always be remembered as a prodigious scientist of the modern world.
Jusbuzz.com is here with 15 less known facts about Stephen Hawking…
1. From an early age, he was really interested in knowing and experimenting how things worked. He has admitted that he used to disassemble all the clocks and radios in his home but, never knew how to put them back together in one piece.
2. In school, Stephen Hawking was famous for his reputation for brashness. He was nicknamed as ‘Einstein’ even though his grades were among the worst in his class.
3. At the St. Albans High School, he built a computer along with his friends and with guidance from his Mathematics teacher Dikran Tahta. He used an old telephone switchboard, clock parts, and other recycled components.
4. He gradually lost his ability to write with time, but along with the pillar of strength that he had, he developed a visual method which included seeing equations in terms of geometry.
5. He was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease when he was 21, in 1963. He was given a life expectancy of only 2 years from his doctors. But, his sheer perseverance led him till he peacefully decided to rest when he turned 76.
6. The Pope didn’t always support his researches. Back in 2006, Hawking revealed that Pope John Paul II had discouraged him from researching about the origin of Universe further.
7. Stephen Hawking fell in love with Jade Wilde, who was a friend of his sister when he was pursuing his Ph.D. at Cambridge University.
8. He wanted to pursue Mathematics, but the subject wasn’t available in the university at that time. So, he decided to follow his took up physics even though his father wanted him to pursue medicine.
9. Hawking has often expressed gruesome concerns that life on Earth is at risk from “a sudden nuclear war, a genetically engineered virus or other dangers we have not yet thought of.”
10. In late 2006, Hawking publicly advocated for human colonization of other planets and declared that his next goal was to explore space. He even joked “Maybe Richard Branson will help me.” The billionaire entrepreneur took it seriously and came forward backing Stephen’s wish in 2007.
11. Although Hawking was English, his computerized voice synthesizer allowed him to speak with an American accent. The voice synthesizer Hawking used was a DECTalk DTC01. The synthesizer was bulky and fragile, but Hawking had his reasons for not upgrading.
12. Stephen Hawking was an enthusiastic of searching for other habitable planets in order for the human race to survive. He even took a zero-gravity flight to experience the weightlessness. Well, in short, he was fully prepared for his pilot journey to space.
13. He has appeared on television multiple times. The love for movies and the cine-magic wonders always amused Stephen Hawking. The even lent his voice for his animated version on “The Simpsons”.
14. Stephen Hawking accepted the Ice-Bucket challenge in 2014. Due to severe pneumonia, he could not do it, so, his children did it on his behalf.
15. Well, Stephen wasn’t the only one with brilliant brains in his family. He belonged to a very well studious family. His father, Frank, and mother, Isobel, both attended the University of Oxford. He had two younger sisters (Philippa & Mary) and one adopted brother, Edward. They often spent their meals silently reading a book.
The Era of a bright star just came to an end. He is gone, but his works and his personality will still remain in our hearts.