Stephen Hawking's Legacy

By: Gabi Page

Stephen Hawking (1942--2018), born in England, is considered one of the most brilliant men in today’s history. He was a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and an author, as well as a former mathematics professor and director of research for cosmology. Clearly, Stephen Hawking was very intelligent, but what makes him so special and well-known?

In 1963, Stephen was diagnosed with ALS, a form of motor neurone disease, and was given two years to live. However, he went on to become a brilliant researcher and Professorial Fellow at Gonville and Caius College. He continued his studies and eventually received over a dozen honorary degrees and was awarded the CBE in 1982. He was also a member of the Royal Society and the U.S. National Academy of Science.

However, the most remarkable thing about Stephen Hawking was his determination and desire to pursue his dreams, despite his major setbacks. Due to his disease, Hawking was physically unable to function properly, which made it extremely difficult for him to be so successful in his works. He was practically paralyzed, but he didn’t let it stop him from reaching his goals. He had to come up with unique mechanisms to communicate his ideas, which is how his brilliance is so well known today.

On March 14, 2018, Stephen Hawking finally succumbed to the disease that he had amazingly outlived by over 50 years. Let us not take away a mournful attitude from his death, but use the opportunity to be inspired by his determination and continue his legacy.