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Stephen Hawking

This article is part of our series “Vocate’s Wall of Fame”. Each person described in the series is someone who has inspired the Vocate team and who we believe represents what “unlocking human potential” means. Quite literally, the Wall of Fame exists in our office (printed out images framed on the wall) and every week we vote on a new honoree.

Stephen Hawking is a brilliant theoretical physicist and cosmologist from England. Hawking attended the University College at Oxford, where he studied Physics. He was there for three years, receiving a first-class honors degree in Natural Science. He continued his education at Cambridge University studying Cosmology. In no time, Hawking attained his Ph.D. and became a Professional Fellow at Gonville and Caius College.

Hawking held the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics position from 1979 to 2001. During this time, Hawking studied the basic laws that govern the universe. Hawking’s findings have been nothing short of miraculous. His discoveries on space travel have changed the way we perceive space today. One of his most famous discoveries is the equation for measuring emissions from black holes. Hawking is still involved at Cambridge today.

Hawking’s fame took flight after publishing his discoveries. He has written many books, such as, The Universe in a Nutshell, A Brief History of Time, The Grand Design, and My Brief History. In addition, Hawking has received twelve honorary degrees, many awards, and is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences. Aside from all his success, Hawking is more than his discoveries and metals.

Just after turning 21, Hawking was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS). ALS is a Motor Neuron Disease which has gradually made him immobile and can only communicate through a computerized voice system. After his initial diagnosis, he was told he had less than three years to live. However, this did not hold Hawking back. He went on with his life and accomplished so much.

Today, the 75-year-old scientist is defying all expectations. Hawking is still researching and teaching around the world. His discoveries continue to fascinate scientists everywhere. In the face of this detrimental disease, Hawking has shown through his passion and determination, that anything is possible. Hawking is an inspiration to strive to be your best self and reach your full potential, despite any hardships you encounter.

For more information, follow this link: http://www.hawking.org.uk/

Molly Young

High Point University '19

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