Even if you don’t follow the developing theories in physics, you have probably heard of the physicist Stephen Hawking. The intelligent paralyzed one who has made hard to understand ideas easy to the public with the famous book, “A Brief History of Time.” But there are many interesting facts that you might not know about Hawking, for example it is surprising that Hawking hasn’t been awarded the Nobel Prize yet. Another interesting fact: Hawking was born on Jan. 8, 1942, which just happened to be the 300th anniversary of Galileo’s death. But these are not the very surprising ones when you read the rest of this very interesting post about the great scientist’ Stephen Hawking.
The School Time
These days, we know Hawking as an intelligent mind whose theories are difficult for ordinary people to understand and it may be shocking to hear that Hawking was a very weak student at school! In fact, when he was 9 years old, his grades were among the worst in his class. But he was a curios boy. He has talked about how he took apart clocks and radios but could not put them back together properly again! But everybody called him Einstein and was sure he would have a good future. Hawking chose to study cosmology at university, and it wasn’t a popular field at the time.
Was on Oxford Team
Biographer Kristine Larsen writes about how Hawking faced isolation and unhappiness during his first year or so at Oxford. But he felt better when he joined the rowing team!! Because rowing was so important and competitive at Oxford, Hawking’s role on the team made him very popular.
Helped Create the Boundless Universe Theory
One of Hawking’s major achievements (which he shares with Jim Hartle) was to think of the theory that the universe has no end in 1983.
Lost a Bet on Black Holes
In 2004, the genius Hawking admitted he had been wrong and lost a bet he made in 1997 with another scientist about black holes.
Is a Children’s Book Writer
One of the most unexpected facets of Stephen Hawking’s resume is that of being a children’s book author. In 2007, Stephen and his daughter, Lucy Hawking, helped each other to write “George’s Secret Key to the Universe.”
The book is a story about a young boy, George, who disagrees with his parents’ hate to use to technology. He begins to be friends with their neighbors. One of these neighbors is a physicist with a computer. This turns out to be most powerful computer in the world, which offers portals to see and enter into outer space…..
The book was the first of the three related books about George’s adventures. The next one in the series came out in 2009 and is called “George’s Cosmic Treasure Hunt.”
Believes in Possibility of Aliens
People are understandably interested in Hawking’s opinions on the possibility of life on other planets. During NASA’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2008, Hawking was invited to speak, and he mentioned his thoughts on the subject.
He said that, this big universe with this many stars and planets must have some form of life, and it is possible to meet them one day.
Took Zero-gravity Flight to Save the Human Race
In 2007, when Stephen Hawking was 65 years old, he got to take the most interesting ride of his lifetime. He was able to experience zero-gravity and float out of his wheelchair. The service involves an airplane ride in which sharp and fast going up and coming allows passengers to experience weightlessness in flight for several seconds, about 25-seconds long.
Hawking, free from his wheelchair for the first time in 40 days, was even able to perform gymnastic movements.