Hawking Taught Us To Have An Unflinching Spirit

    • By Virender Kapoor
    • Publish Date: Mar 16 2018 1:00PM
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    • Updated Date: Mar 16 2018 3:37PM
Hawking Taught Us To Have An Unflinching Spirit

On March 14, 2018 the world lost one of the greatest scientists of modern times. Stephen Hawking was a British scientist who was far ahead of his times and had contributed immensely to Cosmology and theoretical physics. At Oxford University, he was so rare a genius as a student that his teachers were unable to fathom the level of his understanding of the universe.

His contribution was endless 
If I have to give a befitting tribute in the cosmology terms to this colossal mind; he was like a Hailey’s comet which appears only after a gap of 78 years. First appearing in 1986 it is now expected to be visible in 2061. Though having only a 15 km core it leaves a coma or a trail of 100,000 km behind it. Stephen Hawking was also like Hailey’s comet, small like any one of us, yet radiated a huge hallow of knowledge in and around him. As if by a coincidence, Albert Einstein was born in 1879 whilst hawking in 1942- sixty three years apart. Such people are born once in a generation, if at all. 

His spirit never died 
In 1963, at the age of 21, Hawking contracted motor neuron disease and was given two years to live. Yet he went on to Cambridge to become a brilliant researcher and Professorial Fellow at Gonville and Caius College. He obtained his PhD degree in applied mathematics and theoretical physics, specialising in general relativity and cosmology. In March 1966 his essay titled ‘Singularities and the Geometry of Space-Time’ shared top honours with Penrose to win that year’s Adams Prize. From 1979 to 2009 —thirty years, he held the post of Lucasian Professor at Cambridge, the chair held by Isaac Newton in 1663. It was with his grit and passion for his work that he could defeat death. It was sheer joy of work and discovery of universe that made him what he was.  

Writing was his passion
He wrote several books in his lifetime which were a treasure. His most popular book on cosmology was ‘A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes’.In this book he wrote in non-technical terms about the structure, origin, development and eventual fate of the universe. He describes cosmological phenomena such as the Big Bang and black holes. He discusses two major theories, general relativity and quantum mechanics, that modern scientists use to describe the universe. 
(The author is a motivational speaker and writer having written extensively about the works of Stephen Hawking)

What You Should Learn 
Hawking and Einstein were both brilliant human beings. They were both equally reckless, obstinate and had a great sense of humour. To remain dedicated under such challenging circumstances requires a strong will and to an extent obstinacy. It appeared Hawking possessed both. By 1970, he was confined to wheel chair and could not even speak properly. He had to later use a speech synthesizer to communicate with people.  As he slowly lost the ability to write, he developed compensatory visual methods, including seeing equations in terms of geometry. The physicist Werner Israel later compared the achievements to Mozart composing an entire symphony in his head. He was fiercely independent and refused to accept help or make concessions for his disabilities. Hawking gradually lost the use of his hand, and in 2005 he began to control his communication device with movements of his cheek muscles, with a rate of about one word per minute. What a man he must be? He taught us that when the spirit is unwavering, nothing is impossible to achieve. So, never say die. 

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What You Should Learn Hawking and Einstein were both brilliant human beings. They were both equally reckless, obstinate and had a great sense of humour. To remain dedicated under such challenging circumstances requires a strong will and to an extent obstinacy. It appeared Hawking possessed both. By 1970, he was confined to wheel chair and could not even speak properly. He had to later use a speech synthesizer to communicate with people. As he slowly lost the ability to write, he developed comp

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Today is indeed a dark day for us as the legendary scientist Dr. Stephen Hawking passes away at the age of 76. This visionary physicist was an inspiration to us and contributed so much to the field of modern Physics. He was noted as the most brilliant person alive and apart from being a notable cosmologist he was an amazing person. Despite being affected with a rare disease it was evident that absolutely nothing can stop him.

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British cosmologist and physicist Dr. Stephen Hawking believed that “however bad life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.” His life is a rich tale of success against adversity. While living with the devastating condition of incurable motor neuron disease for more than a half century, he made his mark as great theoretical physicist and a celebrated author.

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Today at the age of 75 he is considered the smartest man of our generation and world’s most famous scientist after Albert Einstein. So, demise of this person has created a great void inside our heart and he will always be remembered through his discoveries and amazing undying spirit. He is not only a motivation for beating death and disability but is a classic example of great courage, intelligence, indomitable will and positive attitude.

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Indeed, he is an inspiration to us all, particularly the people who have disabilities, health issues and who go through unbearable levels of psychological pain and they have a model to look up to and he has truly taught us that “sky is the limit.”

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“He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years,” his children Lucy, Robert and Tim said. “His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world.”

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he said that “I haven’t had to lecture or teach undergraduates and I haven’t had to sit on tedious and time-consuming committees. So I have been able to devote myself completely to research,” he wrote. “I became possibly the best-known scientist in the world. This is partly because scientists, apart from Einstein, are not widely known rock stars, and partly because I fit the stereotype of a disabled genius.”




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