Stephen Hawking is definitely one of the greatest modern scientists. Hawking’s life story is very dramatic, but after everything that happened to him, he never lost faith and fought. He was born on January 8, 1942, in Oxford England.
He was always interested in science and mathematics and he showed huge potential since he was a young boy. He continued to develop himself as a great scientist since he entered the prestigious Cambridge University where he studied Natural Sciences.
Hawking’s life gets complicated soon after he entered the college because his ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) symptoms started becoming visible. Then he realized that he is cursed with this extremely rare and horrible disease.
However, he never lost hope and he continued to invest himself more and more in science. Maybe his body was weak, but his brain and spirit remained strong. Now he has 76 years and he is still popular and active.
He’s still trying to find answers about the universe and the purpose of existence, and he even appeared on the world-famous TV show The Big Bang Theory. He is considered to be a great inspiration for many people, especially the ones who are struggling with some kind of rare disease.
Hawking is literally fixed in his special chair. He cannot speak or move, and his special wheelchair is designed that way so he could communicate with the rest of the world. This is what he says to all people who ware struggling with depression or feel that the whole world is ruined for them:
“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. If you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.”
When asked about his disabilities, he says: “The victim should have the right to end his life, if he wants. But I think it would be a great mistake. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there’s life, there is hope.” He continues with an inspiring message about disabilities:
“If you are disabled, it is probably not your fault, but it is no good blaming the world or expecting it to take pity on you. One has to have a positive attitude and must make the best of the situation that one finds oneself in; if one is physically disabled, one cannot afford to be psychologically disabled as well. In my opinion, one should concentrate on activities in which one’s physical disability will not present a serious handicap. I am afraid that Olympic Games for the disabled do not appeal to me, but it is easy for me to say that because I never liked athletics anyway. On the other hand, science is a very good area for disabled people because it goes on mainly in the mind. Of course, most kinds of experimental work are probably ruled out for most such people, but theoretical work is almost ideal.”
He continued explaining that his disabilities were truly an obstacle in his normal everyday life, but in his field (physics) he couldn’t say that his disabilities caused a serious handicap. They even helped him grow faster and stay more focused. He still inspires many with his speeches. Take a look at the video below:
His daughter, Lucy, shared with the crowd at the lecture, “He has a very enviable wish to keep going and the ability to summon all his reserves, all his energy, all his mental focus and press them all into that goal of keeping going. But not just to keep going for the purposes of survival, but to transcend this by producing extraordinary work writing books, giving lectures, inspiring other people with neurodegenerative and other disabilities.”
Hawking really deserves to be remembered by humanity as a role model of a heavy-weight fighter. His battle was really hard, even if he was not supposed to use his fists. Please share this article on the social media if you are also inspired by this brilliant person.