Name: Stephen Hawking
Occupation: Physicist, Scientist
Birth: Jan 8, 1942 (age 75)
Education: University of Cambridge, Oxford University, California Institute of Technology, Gonville & Caius College
It should go without saying that Stephen Hawking is one of the most intelligent human beings on Earth today, he was born precisely 300 years after Galileo died, and excelled greatly at mathematics as a child before mastering natural sciences as a adult. When Hawking was born on Jan 8, 1942, no one knew that he would eventually show signs of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) at the age of 21, and they certainly had no idea that doctors would tell him he probably wouldn't live past the age of 24. It was devastating news for him and his family, but a few events prevented him from becoming completely despondent. The first of these came while Hawking was still in the hospital. There, he shared a room with a boy suffering from leukemia. Relative to what his roommate was going through, Hawking later reflected, his situation seemed more tolerable. Not long after he was released from the hospital, Hawking had a dream that he was going to be executed. He said this dream made him realize that there were still things to do with his life.
In a sense, Hawking's disease helped him become the noted scientist he is today. However, Hawking has managed to persevere and live to be 74 years old, what's more, he still teaches, reasearch, theorizes and publishes to this day. He admits that he began to expect nothing more in life when he was initially diagosned with ALS, but he also argues that has made each and every one of his enjoyable experiences and accomplishments since then even more fulfilling. He now has 12 honorary degrees, and he has made several ground- breaking discoveries pertaining to the Universe, the Big Bang, and life itself -most while being restrained to a wheelchair without the ability to speak.
He reminds us to keep the right perspective in life:
"Remember to look up at the stars and not doen at your feet. Never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it." While he was giving lecture at Royal Institute in London, Hawking related black holes to depression mainly because they are both virtually impossible to escape.
The Message was 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.......... The victim should have the right to end his life, if he wants. But 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."