As you may have heard, the earth lost a shining star on March 14, 2018 in Cambridge, England. Stephen Hawking passed away and though he may not be on the planet physically, his work lives on forever. He is an iconic physicist who is best known for his work on black holes. You can read more about his discovered by clicking here. He studied the stars and now he lives on among them.
Five Awesome Facts You May Not Know About Stephen Hawking
He was given only a few years to live at Age 21
He was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. It is a neurological disease that causes the death of neutrons controlling voluntary muscles. When diagnosed he was told he would probably only have a few more years to live. Fortunately, he lived on till he was 76.
He wrote a children’s book!
Something many people do not know is that Stephen Hawking is a children’s book author. In 2007, he wrote a book called “George’s Secret Key to the Universe” with his daughter. The book became a trilogy later on. It is used to explain black holes and the origin of life to children. So if you have any young children, I recommend buying the trilogy and reading George’s adventures to them.
He died on Pi Day and Albert Einstein’s Birthday!
March 14 also known as 3.14 is Pi Day! Stephen Hawking passed away on March 14th, 2018. This day is also Albert Einstein’s birthday! Another extra fun fact is that Stephan Hawking was born on the 300th Anniversary of Galileo Galilei’s death.
He experienced zero gravity in 2007.
He went to Kennedy Space Centre in 2007 and was able to get out of his wheelchair for the first time in four decades. Hoping that this would be a start to humans being able to travel to other planets to survive. You can read more about his zero gravity experience by clicking here.
He has appeared on a lot of TV Shows!
Stephan Hawking might have been an extraordinary scientist, but he was also a celebrity. He made appearances in Futurama, The Simpsons, Star Trek and featured on a Pink Floyd album. He also had his own miniseries called Stephen Hawking’s Universe.
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