10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Stephen Hawking

Hawking was only 21 years old when he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND). His doctors informed him that he would live for only two years.

Stephen Hawking is one of my favourite individuals of all time, mainly because he defied all odds and succeeded even though he was diagnosed with a lethal ailment known as motor neurone disease. The said condition consumed most of his life and left him handicapped. Hawking was perfectly healthy back when he was young but eventually got restricted. I absolutely love the fact that his ailment did not stop him from growing in the field of science. He is best known for explaining the origins of the universe and black holes. 

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Stephen Hawking’s famous black hole theory:

Hawking simplified the concept of black holes for all of us. According to him, the black holes are not entirely ‘black’. Moreover, they release or emit particles. This radiation could gradually siphon sufficient energy and mass away from black holes to make them disappear. Hawking’s theory is extensively assumed to be true.

Here are ten things you probably did not know about Stephen Hawking:

1) Education was of utmost importance in Stephen’s household:

Stephen Hawking was brought up in a family where education was extremely significant. His parents graduated from Oxford University and did everything in their power to make Stephen a capable child. They, however, had no idea that their child was god-gifted and would one day conquer the world with the help of his knowledge and wisdom.

2) Hawking and his friends built a computer with old parts of a clock back when they were young:

Stephen loved the idea of innovating things. Hence, he and his friends built a computer out of old clock parts, telephone switchboards and other recycled items. His friends nicknamed him ‘Einstein‘.

3) He got admitted to Oxford at the age of 17:

Stephen was only 17 years old when he went to Oxford University to study physics and chemistry. He was better than his peers. Hence, Stephen found the first year of Oxford to be extremely boring. Furthermore, he completed his college and went to Cambridge University for his higher studies in the field of cosmology.

4) Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21:

Hawking was only 21 years old when he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND). His doctors informed him that he would live for only two years. MND progressively affects the brain cells that interact with the body’s muscles. Over time, victims struggle to walk, talk and even swallow without help.

5) Stephen had to use a wheelchair:

Stephen’s doctors asked him to use walking sticks and crutches after his diagnosis. However, he had to use an electric wheelchair once his condition got worse. Moreover, he was known for driving it a bit too fast around the streets of Cambridge.

6) Stephen’s significant contributions in the field of science:

Stephen Hawking made multiple significant contributions to the world of science. He developed various theories about the origin of the world and enhanced our understanding of black holes, stars and the universe in general.

7) Stephen penned down multiple books:

Stephen Hawking wanted to share his knowledge with the entire world. Hence, he composed various books that explained his theories in simple words for everyone to understand. He even wrote books for the children. His most famous book, A Brief History of Time, sold more than 10 million copies.

8) Stephen contracted a life-threatening infection:

In 1985, Hawking contracted a life-threatening disease. He had to go through an emergency operation that saved his life but left him handicapped. He was then given a computer that spoke for him, which he managed by moving a muscle in his cheek. He lived for 76 years and died peacefully.

9) He was a proud owner of multiple awards:

Hawking received numerous awards throughout his life for his remarkable work, including the Albert Einstein Medal, the Order of the British Empire, and the Wolf Prize in Physics.

10) He lived for 55 years after his diagnosis:

As stated above, he defied all odds and lived for 55 years after his diagnosis. Doctors had no hope that he would survive. He defied doctors’ predictions and attained his goals.

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