Stephen Hawking is renowned worldwide. Being a theoretical physicist, he was the author of several books, some famous titles being, “A Brief History of Time”, “A Briefer History of Time” and “The Universe in a Nutshell”. Although he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21, confined to a wheelchair and predicted to live only two more years, he persevered and defied all odds. He worked tirelessly, making discoveries that changed our perception of space entirely. Some of his most famous theories being the concept of Hawking Radiation which stated that black holes release radiation and particles, and his proposal that in the early universe there was no significant difference between time and space. He quickly became a household name, becoming the Lucasian Professor at Cambridge from the years 1979-2009, a title once claimed by Isaac Newton himself. Stephen Hawking never let his disability define him, never stepping back from a challenge and overcoming every obstacle in his path. He often used to say, “However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. It matters that you just don’t give up”.
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