Looking for most Inspirational quotes by Stephen Hawking? Stephen William Hawking was born on 8 January 1942. 14 March 2018) He was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author who, at the time of his death, was director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge.
Between 1979 and 2009, he was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, widely viewed as one of the most prestigious academic posts in the world.
Hawking was born in Oxford into a family of physicians. In October 1959, at the age of 17, he began his university education at University College, Oxford, where he received a first-class BA degree in physics. In October 1962, he began his graduate work at Trinity Hall at the University of Cambridge where, in March 1966, he obtained his Ph.D. degree in applied mathematics and theoretical physics, specializing in general relativity and cosmology.
In 1963, at age 21, Hawking was diagnosed with an early-onset slow-progressing form of motor neuron disease that gradually, over the decades, paralyzed him. After the loss of his speech, he communicated through a speech-generating device initially through the use of a handheld switch, and eventually by using a single cheek muscle.
Hawking’s scientific works included a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. Initially, Hawking’s radiation was controversial.
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By the late 1970s and following the publication of further research, the discovery was widely accepted as a major breakthrough in theoretical physics. Hawking was the first to set out a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. He was a vigorous supporter of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.
Hawking achieved commercial success with several works of popular science in which he discussed his theories and cosmology in general. His book A Brief History of Time appeared on the Sunday Times bestseller list for a record-breaking 237 weeks.
Hawking was a Fellow of the Royal Society, a lifetime member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. In 2002, Hawking was ranked number 25 in the BBC’s poll of the 100 Greatest Britons.
He died in 2018 at the age of 76, after living with motor neuron disease for more than 50 years.
Some of the most famous quotes of Stephen Hawking’s mind were as follows;
- “God is the name people give to the reason we are here.”
- “God may exist, but science can explain the universe without the need for a creator.”
- “However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.”
- “I am just a child who has never grown up. I still keep asking these ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions. Occasionally, I find an answer.”
- “I believe alien life is quite common in the universe, although intelligent life is less so. Some say it has yet to appear on planet Earth.”
- “I believe there are no questions that science can’t answer about a physical universe.”
- “I have found far greater enthusiasm for science in America than here in Britain. There is more enthusiasm for everything in America.”
- “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.”
- “In my opinion, there is no aspect of reality beyond the reach of the human mind.”
- “Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”
- “Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.”
- “Many people find the universe confusing — it’s not.”
- “People who boast about their IQ are losers.”
- “People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.”
- “Science can lift people out of poverty and cure disease. That, in turn, will reduce civil unrest.”
- “Science is increasingly answering questions that used to be the province of religion.”
- “Science is not only a disciple of reason but also one of romance and passion.”
- “Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge.”
- “The past, like the future, is indefinite and exists only as a spectrum of possibilities.”
- “The universe is not indifferent to our existence — it depends on it.”
- “There is no unique picture of reality.”
- “There is nothing bigger or older than the universe.”
- “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.”
- “When one’s expectations are reduced to zero, one really appreciates everything one does have.”
- “Work gives you meaning and purpose, and life is empty without it.”