One of the most celebrated scientific personalities in the world, Stephen Hawking, was born on this day in 1942 in Oxford, England.
Google celebrates Stephen Hawking’s 80th birthday
Google Doodle pays tribute to the legendary scientist Stephen Hawking on his 80th birth anniversary. Stephen Hawking was one of the most influential scientific minds, English cosmologist, author, and theoretical physicist. The Doodle generated the voice of Stephen Hawking and used it with the approval of the Hawking estate.
Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google and Alphabet, also shared the 2:31-minute-long clip on Twitter.
Stephen William Hawking was born on this day in 1942 in Oxford, England. He, notably, was fascinated by how the universe functioned from a young age. His curiosity and intellect had also earned him the nickname ‘Einstein’.
Hawking, however, was diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease at 21, following which, he decided to dedicate himself to physics, math, and cosmology.
In 1965, he defended his doctoral thesis at the University of Cambridge, “Properties of Expanding Universes”, which presented the revolutionary theory that space and time originated from a singularity, a point both infinitely small and dense, best known today as the key characteristic of black holes.
This is noteworthy that Stephen Hawking’s obsession with black holes had led to his 1974 discovery that particles could escape black holes.
In 1979, his groundbreaking work on black holes had prompted the University of Cambridge to appoint Hawking as the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, a position held by Isaac Newton in 1669.
Hawking achieved international renown after the publication of “A Brief History of Time” in 1988.
The scientist died in March 2018 at age 76.
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