Stephen Hawking turns 70

by Anonymous on Jan. 08th, 2012

Stephen Hawking in 2008
Stephen Hawking in 2008Courtesy alvherre at Flickr
Acclaimed astrophysicist and author, Stephen Hawking, the former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge - a position once held by Sir Isaac Newton - turns 70 years old today. Stricken with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (aka ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease), Hawking has defied doctors by living well-past their predicted "few years" when he was first diagnosed with the disease in 1963. A celebration in Britain took place today but Hawking was ill and couldn't attend the celebration. A recorded speech by Hawking was presented instead. Despite his debilitating disorder, Professor Hawking has managed to raise a family and through the use of computers to write several best-selling books, including A Brief History of Time. Here's an interview with Hawking's biographer, Kitty Ferguson. In Great Britain, ALS is known as motor neuron disease.

LINKS
BBC report of birthday celebration
ALS Association page
Hawking cracks black hole paradox New Scientist article
A Brief History of Time (downloadable pdf)

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Diana Holmes says:

Good for him .. I really admire him even though I never met him I think he's a great strong person.. hop he will live a will happy long life.. <3

posted on Tue, 01/10/2012 - 5:49am

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