Happy Birthday, Stephen

Whether or not you’re into science, you’ve heard the name. Stephen Hawking is a modern-day science legend, a hero. And, today, defying all odds, he is celebrating his 70th birthday.

Hawking suffers from Lou Gehrig’s disease, a neurodegenerative disease in which life expectancy is 2-3 years after diagnosis. He has managed to overcome the limitations of the disease and still maintain his reputation as one of the best theoretical physicists of all time, all without the ability to speak on his own, breathe on his own.

Hawking’s “A Brief History of Time” is a phenomenal book; he manages to explain the most complicated of topics in such a way that virtually anyone can understand, albeit with a dictionary at hand. Hawking knew to cater to the general public as well as the scientific community, which is truly rare. His sense of humor, combined with his intellect, make him a very unique individual.

What other theoretical physicist/cosmologist is featured in a Pink Floyd album, has been on Conan O’Brien, and played themselves so often on the Simpsons as to warrant their own Simpsons action figure?

When asked about his IQ, he replied, “I have no idea. People who boast about their I.Q. are losers.” I mean, how unbelievably cool is that?

Stephen Hawking is an incredible man, in all aspects of his life. His perseverance has influenced people worldwide, including myself. So happy birthday, Stephen!! Keep on inspiring the world with your brilliance.

-Michelle

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