The End of the World’s Smartest Man

By Jackson K

The world renowned scientist and the world’s smartest man, Stephen Hawking, has died peacefully in his house in Cambridge at 76 years of age. Prof. Hawking made his name on his work with black holes and the theory of relativity. He wrote A Brief History of Time in 1988, but he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease (ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease), a condition that crippled him at 21 years old. He was only given a few years left to live.

Even through the disease, Hawking survived and excelled in his studies. He was unable to speak except through a computer attached to his wheelchair. Hawking used his cheek movements to control his speech.

The physicist appeared on many popular TV shows like The Big Bang Theory, The Simpsons, and Futurama. He got his start around the 1960’s with his studies on Black Holes and the universe. “My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.” His goal was to understand the universe, something nobody may ever get the privilege to do.

One of Hawking’s main accomplishments was his work on black holes. His prediction that black holes emit radiation is often called “Hawking Radiation”.

Stephen Hawking was one of the world’s most intelligent beings and his name may be placed along the lines of Albert Einstein. The loss of Stephen Hawking will be mourned, but he won’t be forgotten.


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