But, who was Stephen Hawking?

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But, who was Stephen Hawking?

Declyn Shelton, Staff Writer

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Following the death of Stephen Hawking earlier this week, I overheard multiple of my classmates ask, “Who even is this guy?” after seeing his name plastered across headlines. How could they not know, I thought to myself. So, completely dumbfounded, I knew it was my duty to inform the unaware.

Stephen Hawking was a brilliant man who revolutionized science and understanding of the universe. He was a genius who came up with the Big Bang theory, stating that the universe is infinite and that black holes aren’t empty. He liked to theorize and try to understand humanity’s role in the universe. Stephen Hawking believed that humanity’s place was in the stars.

Whether you agree with his ideas or not, society should definitely know who he was.

Hawking was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, which slowly made him unable to walk. As the disease began to spread throughout his body, Hawking lost his voice completely. However, a speech-generating device was created at Cambridge that allowed him to communicate his ideas to the people around him. Hawking was funny and had an extremely creative mind. He even appeared in The Big Bang Theory, showing everyone that he isn’t limited by his disease.

Hawking once stated, “It is a waste of time to be angry about my disability; one has to get on with life and I haven’t done badly, people won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.” He wanted to emphasize that he is not labeled nor by his disability and doesn’t let it get him down. Stephen Hawking truly is remarkable and deserves to be remembered, not only as a revolutionary scientist but as a great man as well.