A Tribute to The Crown Jewel of Her Majesty

My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you doing well and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit as well as physically – Stephen Hawking.

Stephen Hawking, born on 8 January 1942 in Oxford (England), became one of the world’s most eminent cosmologist, theoretical physicist, and author. He is renowned for his bestselling book ‘A Brief History of Time’ and the discovery of the four laws of black hole mechanics.  He etched his name among the greatest scientists of Britain and was commemorated with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Copley Medal of the Royal Society, and Gold Medal of the RAS.

While in college itself, Hawking was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He later remarked that prior to this diagnosis he had been bored with life. Post-diagnosis, he suddenly became fully dedicated to work and research. For his entire life, while this disease was worsening, Hawking carved out an exemplary career.

Hawking reached stellar heights in his life while pursuing his curiosity that why the universe is as it is and why it exists at all. This led to his publication of the book ‘The Grand Design’ where he challenged Sir Isaac Newton’s statement that the God must have designed the universe.

Interestingly, the man who outperformed everybody with groundbreaking work throughout his life never won a Nobel Prize. In 2012, he lost a bet to Peter Higgs about the existence of the Higgs boson. With a magnanimous heart, Hawking avowed that Higgs should be honored with the Nobel Prize for Physics.

In July 1965, Hawking married Jane Wilde. About the betrothal, he said, “what really made a difference was that I got engaged to a woman named Jane Wilde. This gave me something to live for.” The couple has three children and now, one grandchild.

It is truly heartbreaking that this ingenious scientist finally lost the battle with life on 14 March 2018. During his lifetime, he had once remarked, “It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.”

The Machine Maker would like to pay a tribute to this legend who revolutionized the way mankind looks at the Universe for the generations to come.

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