Stephen Hawking is the best theoretical physicist of all time. He is as famous as a Hollywood actor. His groundbreaking works on relativity and black holes will always be a major contribution to the field of science. Here are some fascinating facts about this great scientist.
He was a mediocre student
In the early years, he didn’t have a very good academic career. He always got an average grade and he claims that it’s because he didn’t learn to read properly until the age of 8. As a teenager, though, he built a computer with his friends and showed great interest in things related to space and time. At the age of 17, he did well in the Oxford entrance exam and got admission to the university.
He fell while ice skating during this first year at Cambridge University as a first-year graduate student. He was diagnosed with degenerative motor neuroon disease called Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The doctors said that he would live for only two and a half years. He is living for so many years because his disease was diagnosed at an early stage. So, it progressed slowly.
In 1985 his health was in worst condition after he had pneumonia. He was unconscious and on ventilator support. The doctors wanted to remove the life support but his wife Jane didn’t agree. A tracheotomy operation was carried that helped him breathe. However, he lost his ability to speak.
He held distinguished academic posts and earned the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom. This brilliant scientist will not only be remembered for his discoveries, but also for fighting such a dreadful disease and still contributing his ideas to science.