“We create history by our observation, rather than history creating us.”- Stephen Hawking.
Stephen Hawking as all of us know him as a great mind, Motivational speaker, always smiling and a fun loving person and what not!! The world has lost a great mind, a great soul but he will be alive in many hearts and minds through the inventions he has made, the thoughts he has given and the path he has shown us. Apart from his great scientific inventions and theories, his whole life was an inspiration to everyone. There are many facts and information which you can easily find anywhere on the internet but there are few unknown facts which you have never heard before. We have shortlisted ‘Stephen Hawking’ Top 10 unknown facts you didn’t know about Stephen Hawking. Let’s check our list.
10. Delightful Coincidence with Hawking’s Birth
“I had no desire to share the fate of Galileo, with whom I feel a strong sense of identity, partly because of the coincidence of having been born exactly 300 years after his death!”- Stephen Hawking
8 January 1942 when Stephen Hawking’s took birth on the same day of the great scientist Galileo’s 300th anniversary. GALILEO was the astronomer and physicist of the history who invented Telescope and Pendulum Clock. It was just a coincidence but it definitely a rare one. It was a sign of the start of an era.
9. Nicknamed As Einstein In School
“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge”- Stephen Hawking
He wasn’t very good in school as like Einstein. He constantly always creates problems for the teachers. But his schoolmates and friends gave him a nickname as Einstein because of his creative skill which was very much visual to everyone. He built a computer from the scratch with his friends when he was a teenager.
8. Lost a bet on Black Holes
“Thus, in a sense, we are all doomed. even if we stay away from black holes” – Stephen Hawking
In 1997, Hawkings bet His fellow scientist, American theoretical physicist John Preskil about the concept of Black Holes. Preskill stated about the information paradox according to which nothing can escape from Black Holes, not even information. This bet and research continued for around 4 years and in 2004 Hawkings agreed that he lost the bet.
7. Pope Didn’t Like Him Much
“My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all”- Stephen Hawking
In a cosmology conference, Pope John Paul II did not support the views of Hawkings and also discouraged him from studying the universe beginning because he said that God is the only one who created the universe and shouldn’t be questioned. But Hawkings said that it’s Science that can explain everything even the creation of the universe.
6. He suffers from ALS at the age 21
“My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus” – Stephen Hawking
At the age 21 in 1963, Stephen Hawking suffers from a disease Motor Neuron Disease which is also called as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and the doctor told him that he has only 2 years. And if you remember this is that same Ice Bucket Challenge disease which went so viral. And Hawking’s even accepted the challenge but can’t attempt it because of health issues, so his children did it for him.
5. Appeared On Many TV shows
“Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny” – Stephen Hawking
Everyone knows him for his work in science and as a famous physicist. But also appeared on TV many times. His animated version is appeared on “The Simpsons” a sitcom in which he himself gave the voice from his voice synthesizer. He also appeared on the famous show “The Big Bang Theory” and many famous and hit documentary like “Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking” and “Stephen Hawking: Master of the Universe”.
4. Wrote A Children’s Book
“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.” – Stephen Hawking
He wrote many famous books on Science but fewer people know that he wrote a children’s book with his daughter Lucy Hawkings. This book is about the story of a character named George who likes science and inventions more but his parents don’t let him do so. This is in three parts and the books are “George’s Secret Key to the Universe”, “George’s Cosmic Treasure Hunt”, and “George and The Big Bang”. He also explains the concept of Black Holes and the origin of life in a very simple way so that children can understand.
3. Story Behind His Voice
“Primitive life is very common and intelligent life is fairly rare. Some would say it has yet to occur on Earth” – Stephen Hawking
Hawking uses a computerized voice synthesizer a DECTalk DTC01 which was pretty old equipment from 1986. His artificial voice had American accent even though he was British. Although much better and clearer synthesizer were available but he refused to upgrade. He said, ” This is now part of my identity and people recognize me from this voice”.
2. Never Nominated For Nobel Prize
“One is always a long way from solving a problem until one actually has the answer” – Stephen Hawking
In his long career, he has given many groundbreaking theories including gravitational singularity theorems with Roger Penrose. Many concepts of Black Holes, what it is and also a theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, called Hawking radiation by people. But even after giving so many of theories and concepts he never got any Nobel Prize.
1. Another Coincidence Died on Pi Day
“Eternity is a very long time, especially towards the end” – Stephen Hawking
On 14 March 2018, Stephen Hawking peacefully took his last breath on his home in Cambridge. Like his birth, the day on he died is also very special because of two reasons. First, 14th March is the birth anniversary of Albert Einstein and Second, the 30th anniversary of Pi day, a day in which everyone celebrates mathematics pi constant.
“Mankind’s greatest achievements have come about by talking and its greatest failures by not talking. It doesn’t have to be like this” – Stephen Hawking
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