Tribute: Wold lost Stephen Hawking on 14 march, 2018. Stephen Hawking was one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists in history. He worked on the origins and structure of the universe and explained concept of the Big Bang and black holes. He will be remembered not only for revolutionized theories but also for his books and thought provoking quotes. Today, we are sharing few facts of his life history in a very brief outlines.
Birth Date and Death Date of Stephen Hawking is just coincidence or anything else?
Hawking was not having faith in rebirth but he was having deep connection with time. He was born on the 300th anniversary of Galileo’s death i.e. January 8, 1942, and died on March 14th, which is the Einstein’s birth anniversary. It could be a coincidence only but one thing is proved that…
Time is circular; no beginning, no end.
Was Hawking’s a meritorious student of his school?
Today, we know him as a brilliant scientist but he was a mediocre student in his school days. In fact, at one stage he was having lowest grades in his class and worked hard to come among average students.
But, he was curious by nature and his teachers were having an idea of his genius mind. Instead of his poor grades, he was nicknamed as “Einstein”
Though he was an average student but his father wanted him to study in Oxford but didn’t have money to pay his fee. Surprisingly, this mediocre school boy aced the scholarship exam of Oxford and took admission there. Report says he got almost perfect score in the physics portion of scholarship test.
Learning for us-School grades do not define our intelligence
Biology was descriptive and inexact for Hawking.
Like all parents, Hawking’s father also wanted him to study medicine to become a doctor. But, hawking was interested in precise and specific knowledge of Mathematics. He never liked Biology as for him this subject is having several things which are inexact.
Though Hawking wanted to study Mathematics, but in Oxford maths was not available as major and he compromised with Physics as his major subject.
Learning for us- To excel in your career; do what you like to do.
Ups and Downs of Personal Life of Hawking
In 1962, at the age of 21, he was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and as per prediction of doctors he could survive only two to five years. But, he did not accept defeat and continued his Ph.D. work. Slowly disease began to break down his neurological pathways, but did not affect his mind. With the time he became wheel chair restricted and lost the speech ability but he could communicate with the world by making control over his limbs and body functions and use speech synthesiser.
Hawking knew that he may not survive long, so he lived his life fullest and made use of every minute without wasting it in making excuse.
Learning for us- Live and make use of every moment of life.
Hawking wrote several best-selling books. His first book, “A Brief History of Time” was published in 1988 and became an international best seller. If you want to understand theory behind the birth and death of the universe; this book easily explains the same. You don’t need to be a science student to understand this book.
Few more books of Hawking
The Universe in a Nutshell
The Grand Design
Black Holes and Baby Universes
Hawking also wrote for school children. He was co-author of George’s Secret Key to the Universe with his Lucy Hawking. The book is a fiction story of George, a young boy, who rebels against his parents’ aversion to technology. He started looking for friendship among neighbours and got one friend who was a physicist with a computer. Rest, you should yourself. Next part of this book was ‘George’s Cosmic Treasure Hunt’.
Learning for us- Share your knowledge with young generation and try new things.
We have taken this brilliant example of willpower to motivate our UPSC aspirants. If they would make best use of their time and will not surrender in front of odd circumstances; they can also win this race of becoming civil servant by covering UPSC syllabus in a systematic manner.