Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Happy Birthday Stephen Hawking

Today is the birthday of physicist Stephen Hawking. He is 66 years old. This is truly remarkable considering that he has ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), or "Lou Gehrig's Disease." He is probably the longest living person with this debilitating disease. Though it has ravaged his body (he uses a wheelchair--I don't like the phrase confined to a wheelchair--and a computer to talk for him), his brilliant mind has remained intact. He has become a world-renowned physicist (specializing in black holes), the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University (the chair once held by Sir Isaac Newton), and best-selling author of A Brief History of Time. He is an idol of mine because he is able to transcend his physical body and focus on what he can do with his mind.

The documentary, A Brief History of Time, is about his life and work. It is worth seeing


Jason G said...

I often wonder if Stephen Hawking secretly is using some kind of bio-robotic technology to keep himself alive and keep his head physically attached to his body! He is truly remarkable!

Diane J Standiford said...

What a guy. Read his book years ago.(still trying to understand it, plus he has updated a bit!)
66--talk about inspirational.
Love your blog.

Stacy Viva Biener said...

Hi John,
Is Stephen Hawking an inspiration or what? I am so impressed and completely amazed. We should never underestimate the power of our "will". Thanks for sharing this amazing man with all of us.