Professor Stephen Hawking is one of the most revered scientific minds in the UK.
A theoretical physicist, cosmologist and Director of Research for Theoretical Cosmology at Cambridge University, he has achieved many honours throughout his career including a CBE, being made Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and receiving a Presidential Medal of Freedom. From 1979 until 2009 he was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University and has had much success with his theories on cosmology as well being well received by the popular sciences. His book, A Brief History of Time (1988) has received critical acclaim and remains a preeminent title in the study of the universe.
In 1963, at the age of 21, Hawking contracted a rare early-onset form of Motor Neurone disease and was given just two years to live. The nature of his disability had meant a systematic paralysis of his body and he now communicates with a single cheek muscle which is attached to speech generation software. Despite the difficulties and obstacles he faced, his prolific career and personal life are proof of his determination to survive and contribute to scientific discovery and understanding – which he has certainly achieved.
Stephen Hawking is noted as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Albert Einstein and is a true inspiration to us here at One Giant Read.