March 14th, 2018 :
I’ve been reading about his life, and reading his own books for the past few months and his style of writing is so conversational, funny, and easy to read that it really feels like losing a friend and a teacher. He truly was a brilliant & special man. His mind changed us, his understanding forwarded us, and now he continues beyond us.
January 8th 1942- Stephen Hawking is born
When he was 21, Stephen was diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease and was given 2 years to live. He fell into a depression but nevertheless decided to continue pursuing his doctorate degree.
In 1966 Stephen completed his thesis and also collaborated with Roger Penrose, working on the concept of the singularity theorem. His essay “Singularities and the Geometry of Space-Time” won the Adams Prize that year.
In 1974 Stephen put forth a theoretical argument for the existence of blackbody radiation emitted from black holes due to quantum effects at the event horizon.
In 1979, Stephen was elected the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge.
Bantam books published A Brief History of Time in 1988, a book Stephen wrote for non- specialists of theoretical physics and astrophysics. The book became a bestseller and sold more than 10 million copies, making Stephen a pop culture icon.
Stephen “flies like Superman in microgravity” aboard the Vomit Comet.
On June 28th 2009, as a tongue- in- cheek test of his 1992 postulation that time travel into the past is effectively impossible, Stephen threw a party complete with hors d’oeuvres and iced champagne but only publicised it after it was over, so only time travellers would know to attend. Obviously, nobody turned up.
Stephen passes away in March 2018. Later, at his funeral, two bouquets of flowers are placed on his coffin. One, of white lilies, is put there as a symbol of the universe; another, of white roses, meant to represent the polar star.