Stephen Hawking is an English theoretical physicist, author, cosmologist, and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge. Simply put, he is one of the greatest minds of our time.
He was born January 8, 1942, (300 years after the death of Galileo) in Oxford, England and is most known for his work in theoretical physics. He loved mathematics as a child, but he opted for natural science when he began college. Unfortunately, he dropped school during the very first year, as he started experiencing symptoms of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). What`s more, he was given only two and half years to live.
But, he survived! He is now at the age of 74, continuing with his researching, teaching, and sharing beautiful messages with the world. When he was diagnosed with ALS, his expectations literally reduced to zero. So, it`s no wonder that he looks on each day as a bonus!
He didn’t give up nor did allow these challenges to stop him! He continued studying and working really hard, eventually getting 12 honorary degrees. As a matter of fact, he devoted his entire life to finding answers about the Big Bang, the Universe, and other scientific theories. The most important and motivating thing regarding Hawking is the fact that he is still looking for a way to encourage and inspire people, despite the fact that he is bounded to a wheelchair, being unable to speak and move.
“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,” he says.
Not long ago, he have lecture January at the Royal Institute in London, in which he made a comparison between black holes and depression. The ultimate conclusion was that none of them is impossible to escape!
“The message of this lecture is that black holes ain’t as black as they are painted. They are not the eternal prisons they were once thought. Things can get out of a black hole both on the outside and possibly to another universe. So if you feel you are in a black hole, don’t give up; there’s a way out,” he said.
When asked about the many disabilities he is living with, he said: “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.”
“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 added.
As he himself has said it countless times, his disabilities were not an obstacle whatsoever in terms of his work. They have been of great health though, shielding him from the administrative work that he hates. His friends and family were his biggest support the entire time, making him feel worthwhile!
I find that people in general are very ready to help, but you should encourage them to feel that their efforts to aid you are worthwhile by doing as well as you possibly can, ” he notes.