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Stephen William Hawking


Stephen William Hawking

Stephen Hawking is considered by many as the greatest physicist and mathematician after Einstein. Hw was born on 8 January 1942 in England. At 21, when Hawking was in his third year at Oxford, he becomes afflicted with the serious  Motor Neurone disease that disintegrated his nerve cells and atrophied his muscles. His speech became slurred. Doctors gave only two years more of life. Undaunted by this grim diagnosis Hawking not only completed his course at Oxford but went on to submit his Ph.D. thesis, marry and have three children. In 1974 he was made a fellow of the Royal Society. Again he contracted pneumonia and his windpipe was operated upon. This caused complete loss of speech. He is now tied to a wheelchair with a specially devised computer to help him in his research. Two books that have popularised his epoch-making theories about the creation and the Universe are A Brief History of Time and The Universe in Nutshell. Academic awards have been showered upon him. Stephen Hawking, the Lucacian Professor of the Cambridge University is on the verge of his retirement from the post which was once adorned by Newton.

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