Earlier this week, Professor Stephen Hawking turned 70 years old.....
AS SEEN IN:
From Earth Prime-Time:
'The Big Bang Theory'
["The Extract Obliteration"]
'Star Trek: The Next Generation'
From the Tooniverse:
["Anthology Of Interest"]
["The Beast With A Billion Backs"]
["They Saved Lisa's Brain"]
["Don't Fear The Roofer"]
["Stop Or My Dog Will Shoot"]
["Elementary School Musical"]
Stephen William Hawking, CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA (born 8 January 1942) is a
British theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author. Among his significant
scientific works have been a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational
singularities theorems in the framework of general relativity, and the
theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking
radiation. Hawking was the first to set forth a cosmology explained by a union
of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. He is a vocal
supporter of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.
He is an
Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a lifetime member of the
Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of
Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. Hawking was the
Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge between 1979
Hawking has achieved success with works of popular science in which
he discusses his own theories and cosmology in general; his A Brief History of
Time stayed on the British Sunday Times best-sellers list for a record-breaking
237 weeks. Hawking has a motor neurone disease related to amyotrophic lateral
sclerosis (ALS), a condition that has progressed over the years. He is almost
entirely paralysed and communicates through a speech generating device. He
married twice and has three children.
Hawking has appeared as himself on
episodes of 'Star Trek: The Next Generation', 'The Simpsons', 'Futurama', and
'The Big Bang Theory'.
Hawking's early life and the onset of his illness was
the subject of the 2004 BBC Four TV film "Hawking" in which he was portrayed by
Benedict Cumberbatch. In 2008, he was featured in the documentary series
"Stephen Hawking, Master of the Universe", for Channel 4.
Happy birthday, Sir!