Stephen Hawking, born on January 8, 1942, shared his birthday with the death day of astronomer and physicist Galileo Galilei who died 300 years earlier.
He was diagnosed with motor-neuron disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) when he was 21. The doctors declared that he would barely live beyond the age of 25. Stephen Hawking managed to survive for more than 50 years, making him one of the rarest persons with the disease to live so long.
When the disease first struck, he could walk using crutches. The disease eventually worsened causing Hawking to take the help of the wheelchair. As the disease got worse, he could only speak 1 word per minute using his synthesiser.
There was a rumor that Hawking ran over the toes of the people he didn’t like. He denied the claim and said that he will run over anyone who repeats the rumor.
He made tremendous contributions to science which enhanced what we know of black holes, planets, stars, and the universe.
During a speech in Japan, he was specially requested not to mention the possibility of the universe collapsing because that might bring the stocks down.
Stephen Hawking believed that the theories of science shouldn’t just be available to scientists but to everyone. For this, he wrote, “A Brief History of Time”.
In 2009, he hosted a party that was open to anyone and everyone and only gave the invitation the next day, hoping that time travelers would show up if they existed. Nobody showed up at the party.
Stephen Hawking was most curious about whether god exists and how the world was really created. He was still writing a book on the same when he died. The book named “Brief Answers to Big Questions” was published after the publishers filled the gaps with his personal archives.
Stephen Hawkings had the opinion that we shouldn’t send out messages to contact the aliens because of his fear of them being more technologically advanced. And that, they would invade and use us.
He could have had a normal modern voice, but he chose to have the robotic voice trademarked to him.
Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Steve Wozniak have all signed an open letter for a ban on Artificially Intelligent weapons.
Stephen Hawking is portrayed himself in Star Trek in a poker game between him, Einstein, Newton and Data.
He is of the belief that people who boast about their IQs are losers.
His son once added swear words to his synthesizer as a prank.
Stephen Hawking’s son once added swear words to his dad’s voice synthesizer as a prank
His memorial stone reads “Here Lies What Was Mortal Of Stephen Hawking”. On it is inscribed Hawking’s equation for the temperature of black holes.