Stephen William Hawking. 1942 – 2018
Cosmologist, space traveler and hero
A man with one of the greatest minds ever, has left this earth, but left behind a Phenomenal Legacy that will live on for many years to come.
Stephen Hawking is the former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge and author of A Brief History of Time which was an international bestseller. Now the Dennis Stanton Avery and Sally Tsui Wong-Avery Director of Research at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and Founder of the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at Cambridge, his other books for the general reader include: A Brief History of Time, the essay collection Black Holes and Baby Universe and The Universe in a Nutshell.
In 1963, Hawking contracted motor neurone disease and was given two years to live. Yet he went on to Cambridge to become a brilliant researcher and Professorial Fellow at Gonville and Caius University. From 1979 to 2009 he held the post of Lucasian Professor at Cambridge, the chair held by Isaac Newton in 1663. Professor Hawking has over a dozen honorary degrees and was awarded the CBE in 1982 and the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1985. He was a fellow of the Royal Society and a member of the US National Academy of Science. The US space agency tweeted: “Remembering Stephen …. He is a fellow of the Royal Society and a member of the US National Academy of Science. Stephen Hawking is regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Einstein.
It doesn’t matter if you agreed with his theories or disagreed; one thing is for sure. The world have certainly lost a Great man with a Brilliant Mind, but the legacy of Stephen William Hawking will live on for many, many years!