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Saying goodbye to a legend: Stephen Hawkins

Stephen William Hawking was born on the 8th January 1942 and sadly passed away on the 14th of march 2018. He was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and director of research of the centre for Theoretical cosmologist. He studied at the university of Cambridge about black holes emit radiation, often called hawking radiation. he started his first career in the year 1966 and continued until he died. His book, A Brief History of Time, appeared on British Sunday Times best-seller list for a record-breaking 237 weeks.

Great achievements!

Stephen Hawking developed a mathematical proof for black holes. He proved Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Through math and Science, Stephan Hawking proved the universe has no boundaries. Did you know that the fantastic Stephan Hawking had earned his Batchelor’s degree in math and physics at Oxford University?

How people feel about him?

Aron in year 13 said that “It was very sad because he was a person to look up to, he changed the way people think about science” I think that he was an inspiration and we should keep his work in mind now and always. Miss Hanif said “I respect his determination, resilience and genius.”



Why do we remember?

He inspired us in his achievements, quotes such “I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.”

And another quote from him is “For millions of years, mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination. We learned to talk and we learned to listen. Speech has allowed the communication of ideas, enabling human beings to work together to build the impossible. Mankind’s greatest achievements have come about by talking, and its greatest failures by not talking. It doesn’t have to be like this. Our greatest hopes could become reality in the future. With the technology at our disposal, the possibilities are unbounded. All we need to do is make sure we keep talking.”

How did he survive?

How did Stephan hawking live as long as he did even though he had ALS (a form of motor neurone disease.) when he was 21 he was diagnosed with this condition he was expected to die on his 25th birthday. He incredibly survived for an extra 55 years what a miracle!

Why do we respect him?

 He inspires us as he overcame his appalling disability ALS and we also respect him through his determination to continue studying, discovering and working during his illness. He was enthusiastic and happy thought his whole life and he didn’t let the disease stop him.



- Peter, Leo and John