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Stephen Hawking: Death of an Immortal

Today, is one of the saddest day for everyone, our beloved Stephen Hawking had its last breath. Not only for me but for most of the people from all over the world, he is and always will be a role model.  Greatest physicist of all time, Visionary, inspirational and many other adjectives are and will always be used while saying few words about such a great personality.

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Stephen William Hawking was a true fighter. To pay tribute to such a person, i am writing this blog, and can only try to give a glimpse of his personality to the readers.

Stephen Hawking was the former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge and author of A Brief History of Time which was an international bestseller. He was 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 Briefer History of Time, the essay collection Black Holes and Baby Universe and The Universe in a Nutshell.

And the biggest reason, why he is the greatest role model is that, he had achieved such great achievement, by facing the greatest challenges a person can face. 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 College. 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 Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1982. He was a fellow of the Royal Society and a member of the US National Academy of Science. Stephen Hawking is and will always be  regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Einstein.

 

 

Few Achievements that shows the contribution made by our beloved:

Stephen Hawking along with English mathematical physicist Roger Penrose, did path-breaking work on singularities which proved their existence and theorized that the universe might have begun as a singularity. Their Penrose–Hawking singularity theorems attempt to answer when gravitation produces singularities.

With James Bardeen and Brandon Carter, Stephan Hawking discovered the four laws of black hole mechanics. These laws are physical properties that black holes are believed to satisfy and are analogous to the laws of thermodynamics. In January 1971, his essay titled “Black Holes” won the prestigious Gravity Research Foundation Award

Previously physicists believed nothing could escape a black hole. In 1974, Stephan Hawking showed that black holes emit radiation, which may continue till they exhaust their energy and evaporate. Stephen’s prediction of what became known as the Hawking radiation initially created a controversy but on further research was considered an important breakthrough in theoretical physics.

Introduced by Alan Guth in 1980, cosmic inflation is a theory in physical cosmology which proposes that following the Big Bang, the universe expanded exponentially before settling down to slower expansion. It is now widely accepted. Stephen Hawking was one of the first to calculate quantum fluctuations that were created during cosmic inflation and to show how they might give rise to the spread of galaxies in the universe.

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Few Quotes made by him that changed the mindset of the society:

  • Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.
  • The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.
  • We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.
  • My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.
  • Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.
  • I have no idea. People who boast about their IQ are losers.
  • People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.
  • We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet,
  • Not only does God play dice, but… he sometimes throws them where they cannot be seen.

Stephen Hawking was a man of words, who would never take a break or relax until the task gets completed. Rest in Peace, and thanks for so many great discoveries and teaching us that limitation is only in the mind, and once its removed, sky is the limit.

For more information on the great visit http://www.hawking.org.uk/ or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Hawking

 

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