When it is all about Science, how could someone forget the renowned scientist “Stefen Hawking”? This famous person has achieved countless achievements in his lifetime. He has also solved the mystery of black hole in universe. But now, this famous personality is now with us. He died on 14th March 2018 at his home. We cannot forget his dedication towards science. Here are certain interesting facts about Stefen Hawking, which made them different from others. Let’s have a look.
Interesting Facts about Stefan Hawking:
- Connection with Galileo Galilei:
His birthday (January 8, 1942) was the 300th anniversary of the death of astronomer and physicist Galileo Galilei.
Hawking as Einstein!
During his school times, Stephen Hawking was nicknamed as- Einstein.
3. He built a Computer!
At the St. Albans High School, he built a computer along with his group of friends and his Mathematics teacher Dikran Tahta from an old telephone switchboard, clock parts, and other recycled components.
4. Hawking in Love
When he was pursuing his Ph.D. at the Cambridge, he fell in love with Jane Wilde who was a friend of his sister
5. He had only two years to live!
In 1963 at the age of 21, Stephen was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a motor neuron disease and doctors told him that he had only 2 years to live
6. A Studious Family!
His father, Frank, and mother, Isobel, both attended the University of Oxford. He had two younger sisters (Philippa & Mary) and one adopted brother, Edward. They often spent their meals silently reading a book
7. When he felt weightlessness!
Stephen Hawking was an advocate of searching for other habitable planets in order to survive the human race, and in 2007, he took a zero-gravity flight to experience the weightlessness.
8. When Hawking lost a bet!
In 1997, Stephen Hawking lost a bet to American Theoretical Physicist John Perskill about the concept of Black Holes, which stated that nothing can escape from a black hole, which was in violation to the fundamentals of quantum mechanics. Finally, he admitted his defeat in 2004.
9. The story behind his accent!
Although he was a British, the mechanical voice in his speech synthesizer had an American accent.
10. What was mysterious for Hawking?
When asked which was the most mysterious thing in the world, Hawking replied- its’s women!
11. Hawking vs Pope!
Pope John Paul II didn’t always support his views as both had contradictory ideologies. According to Pope- there should be no argument over who created the universe as it’s obviously God, while, according to Hawking- it’s Science that can explain the creation of the universe.
12. Died on Pi Day!
In the early hours of March 14, 2018, Stephen Hawking died peacefully at his home in Cambridge. It was coincident that on the day of his death, it was the 30th anniversary of Pi Day, a day for celebrating the mathematical constant pi.