Stephen Hawking, the world famous cosmologist, used to say he was born exactly 300 years after Galileo’s demise, and finally he died on 14’th March, 2018 on Wednesday, exactly 139 years after birth of Albert Einstein.
This man was ahead of his time and was definitely one of the greatest physicists of his times. It’s true his life was full of struggles due to his physical disabilities, but he was a real hero who delved into the secrets of the universe, but also taught us how to live. We all knew him as a loving “wheelchair guy”, who despite his gradual paralysis due to Lou Gehrig’s disease, where he could ultimately move just his eyeballs, roamed freely around the world, and metaphorically through the entire universe, nurtured generations of students, had married twice, fathered three kids, and wrote some of the most memorable bestsellers.
He was a complete family man and mingled freely with presidents and kinds and the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders, and his eyes lit up with that mischievous grin at good and bad jokes. To us, and to most scientists around the world, Stephen will be known for finding an exact relation between gravity (akin to the Einstein’s theory of relativity) that bends cosmos and ultimately determines the atomic randomness that resides in it and its destiny, swept helplessly along the river of time.
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Like Galileo and Einstein, he focused on gravity and did his best and most in-depth work in it. This is the force everyone feels right in out bones, a kind of force that Einstein decreed, could even alter starlight, leaving, “lights all askew deep in the heavens.” So Dr. Stephen Hawking actually became an ultimate icon of curiosity and mystery and rock solid determination to finally know more about the place we’re in. Like Einstein, he was also a slow learner and never lost focus on any topic or question he had in his mind.
Dr. Hawking had legendary passion for discoveries, but could be irritatingly stubborn at times. Without that kind of iron will, frustrating to even his close friends at time, he would have slowly vanished from the scene a long time ago.
He was a lackadaisical graduate at 22, and while studying he was given a diagnosis of Lou Gehrig disease that kills in just three to four years. He later on was afflicted with this very disease and by the time he died, he’s successfully lived with it for around half a century!
Stephen Hawking loved talking about universe and black holes, the scariest things for all of us. Black holes are dense objects, most extreme manifestations of gravity, where even light fails to escape into the universe. Even Einstein had rejected that notion, but in the early seventies, astronomers around the world started discovering black hole candidates deep there into the sky, almost everywhere.
In intricate calculations, performed for hours, he discovered that black holes were actually fountains of bursting energy, buzzing faintly with radiation and particles. Over vast eons these fountains would explode, giving to the entire universe that energy and mass which had disappeared billions of years ago, in a kind of cosmic reincarnation.
Dr. Stephen Hawking continued to outlive all kinds of odds and gradually progressed from cane to wheelchair, and then from a grunting to a highly sophisticated voice synthesizer first operated by his thumb, and with gradual paralysis when he could not move hands, by his eyeball, it was not hard to think of this man as his own metaphor, a lonely scientist with his own foot in his very own “black hole”.
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