Stephen Hawking will turn 70-years-old on Sunday and while that milestone occurs for millions of people around the world the achievement is something of a miracle for Hawking.
Diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease when he was only 21-years-old and a student at Cambridge it was believed he would only live several years before succumbing to the disease that quickly cripples and then kills those who suffer from it.
Realizing he only had a few years left to live Hawking quickly began examining the universe and all it has to offer, become one of the most well known and respected astrophysicists the world has ever known.
The director of the Motor Neurone Disease Care and Research Centre in London recent told the Associated Press:
“I don’t know of anyone who’s survived this long.” while calling his progression “extraordinary.”
With his disease in tow Hawking has never really slowed down, his book A Brief History Of Time was released in 1988 and has went on to sell more than 10 million copies worldwide. Despite being paralyzed in a wheelchair Hawking used a computer and twitching with his right cheek to communicate, he even went on to become the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University, a position he just recently retired from.
One thing Hawking has never been able to master in our universe? Women, the one entity he still calls a complete mystery.
As a personal hero of mine I have to say that it’s quite fitting that a man who has fought with parts of the universe that baffle most people have himself baffled the very people studying him and his debilitating disease.
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In the meantime enjoy the full screening of Hawking’s “Curiosity” video: