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Featured Scientist - Stephen Hawking

Every month, I shall be featuring a revolutionary scientist for helping you people get to know these great minds better. For the first edition, I feature Stephen William Hawking.

  • Who is Stephen Hawking ?

Stephen Hawking ( 8 January 1942- now) is a Theoretical Physicist, Cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre of Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge. He unified general relativity and quantum mechanics to explain Cosmological theories. His works, including the Hawking Radiation, is compared to the works of giants including Einstein and Newton. He is a supporter of the many-worlds interpretation of Quantum Mechanics.

  • He has held the prestigious position of the Lucassian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge. Previous holders include Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Babbage, Paul Dirac, etc.

  • He is the author of the bestseller. The Brief History of Time, a popular science book explaining range of subjects in the field of Cosmology, the physics of the Universe as a whole.

  • Some cool facts about his student life:

  • He was just an average student, but was nicknamed Einstein by his friends for his intelligence.
  • As most of us math and science fans, he also was against the system of rote learning.
  • As a considerable aptitude towards physics, he liked building working models. He later remarked that this very hobby helped him in research, as "Knowing the Physics of the Universe, is in a way, operating it!"
  • His father wanted him to study Medicine initially, and didn't allow him study mathematics in the fear of dearth of mathematical jobs. Hawking later suffered for this very choice of his father.

Another interesting fact, Hawking was born exactly 300 years after the death of the Astronomer and Physicist Galileo Galilei, and one of my friends on Brilliant, Anik Mandal was also born in the same day!

These were some interesting facts about Professor Hawking, hope you enjoyed!


References

  • Wikipedia
  • My memory, I know a lot about him.

Image Courtesy: NASA

Note by Swapnil Das
4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Good job! @Swapnil Das Deeparaj Bhat · 4 months, 3 weeks ago

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This month's featured scientist? Harsh Shrivastava · 4 months ago

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@Harsh Shrivastava Coming soon, around 15th of August. Swapnil Das · 4 months ago

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Nice note Swaplin! Ashish Siva · 4 months, 3 weeks ago

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He was just an average student, but was nicknamed Einstein by his friends for his intelligence.

That is kind of an oxymoron. An average student with higher than average intelligence?!

His father wanted him to study Medicine initially, and didn't allow him study mathematics in the fear of dearth of mathematical jobs. Hawking later suffered for this very choice of his father.

The sad truth is that I've countless acquintances who are also being forced to choose Medicine over Math due to peer pressure and family pressure. This really upsets me. I've talked to them, and what I found was that they chose medicine because they were subconciously manipulated by their parents.

I must say I am proud of Ashley on Brilliant who chose Mathematics herself

As most of us math and science fans, he also was against the system of rote learning.

I wish he had Brilliant.org when he was a teenager.

He unified general relativity and quantum mechanics to explain Cosmological theories.

Are his theories still unchallenged and accepted? Could you tell us more about what his theory was?


Here is another fun fact about Hawking:

Stephen Hawking with Sheldon Cooper, The Hawking Excitation

Stephen Hawking with Sheldon Cooper, The Hawking Excitation

Agnishom Chattopadhyay · 4 months, 3 weeks ago

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@Agnishom Chattopadhyay Average student: Not a hundred on hundred on student, just gets moderate marks in exams, and gives them just in order to qualify for the next grade. Swapnil Das · 4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Hahaha. I like your references :) Aman Rajput · 4 months, 3 weeks ago

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@Aman Rajput Haha ;) Swapnil Das · 4 months, 3 weeks ago

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