An inspirational journey of a man who could not walk, talk or move,but his working mind changed it all.
“Quiet people have the loudest minds.”
The man behind the above quote completely justifies what a quiet person can do. Stephen William Hawking, a name who has brought revolution in the world of Science is a true inspiration for the world.
He came to life on the 300th death anniversary of Galileo i.e. 8th of January 1942 in the country who ruled India for years, England. He was a part of a scholar family who attended the prestigious University of Oxford where his mother Isobel Hawking studied philosophy and His father Frank Hawking was into medicine. He was grown up in an environment where a research scientist was a casual thing to be.
Little Stephen was never a topper in school. He did his college from renowned Oxford and Cambridge University.
He had a quality number of friends and preferred Classical music over everything. Being a sharp mind since childhood, he used to create complex board games. He had a deep passion to study Mathematics but unavailability of the course at the Oxford University made him take Physics and further went on to study Cosmology.
A great man in making was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Motor Neuron Disease) at an early age of 21, when he was about to finish his Physics degree at Oxford. He used to bump into things, fall unintentionally and became cumbersome. The disease affected his nerve cells and his body slowly wasted away. Doctors never expected him to live long enough to complete his Post graduation.
Dejected and depressed by his situation, Stephen fell in love with a girl named, Jane who gave her something to live for. They soon got married and Stephen worked on Physics inventing the idea of space-time singularity in a black hole. Stephen soon lost his ability to walk and was diagnosed with pneumonia. He had to undergo a severe operation where his voice was removed and 24 hours nurse care became a must. He was on a life support system that time, but his will to never give up brought him back to life.
His slurry voice was no longer with him and he found it difficult to communicate.
Software named Equaliser was brought up by a computer expert Walt Woltosz.This program allowed a person to select words from a series, controlled by hand or eye movement.Later, David Mason fiited a synthesizer and computer to Stephen’s chair giving him a voice with American accent.
“A brief History of Time” is an international best seller on Physics and his theories. His genius mind and work have won in numerous award and honours. He has a mind of a genius and calculations are a simple work for his mind.
At an age of 73, Stephen has become an inspiration for everybody. He has accomplished his unique dreams being dependent on prosthesis, a synthesiser or a computer system. He is a living example of what a man can do with his mind. Comparison to Albert Einstein is the best compliment he could ever receive for his singularity theorems. Although he cannot walk, cannot talk but in his mind he has been free.
“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. If you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.”
~ Stephen Hawking
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