The life, lessons, and inspiration from the iconic genius who taught us how the universe began.
Stephen William Hawking (1942 – 2018) was a brilliant theoretical physicist, cosmologist, best selling author and pop culture phenomenon that shed light on the many mysteries of the cosmos, origins of the universe, and the nature of time.
He suffered from a motor neuron disease known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, which causes progressive degeneration of nerve cells. The disease, which he was diagnosed with when he was only 21 years old, almost entirely paralyzed him and forced him into a wheelchair with a computer-generated voice synthesizer as a means of communicating.
Despite these challenges, Hawking’s mental state remained intact, and his ideas would revolutionize the way the world came to understand the universe itself.
In Stephen Hawking’s obituary, Dennis Overbye of the New York Times writes:
Hawking “roamed the cosmos from a wheelchair, pondering the nature of gravity