A Star Certificate for Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking - a marvelous mind
Stephen Hawking´s work on black holes helped prove the Big Bang Theory as the birth of the Universe. Hawking realized in 1974 that black holes were the best way to explore physics' ultimate goal: a theory that combined general relativity with quantum mechanics into one.
Why does Stephen Hawking deserve his own star?
Stephen Hawking performed groundbreaking research in physics and cosmology and his books allowed access to scientific information to regular people around the world. His illness didn´t stop his journey and he defied all medical prognoses and lived a long productive life on behalf of science. For this, we had to name a star after him.
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The life of Stephen Hawking
Stephen William Hawking, cosmologist, theoretical physicist and author, was born on January 8th 1942 in Oxford, England into a family of doctors. St. Albans School is where he studied. He obtained his PhD degree at Cambridge in applied mathematics in October of 1962. Stephen also specialized in general relativity and cosmology in March of 1966.
He married Jane Wilde, a modern language undergraduate girl, also a student in St. Albans, just after being diagnosed with an early-onset slow-progressing form of motor neuron disease in 1965. The couple decided to marry immediately, since they did not know how long Stephen would live.
Hawking trained his mind to work with equations instead of writing them on paper. Undoubtedly his disability was never a problem to him.
He was by then working with the black holes theory where Einstein's general theory of relativity, stated that black holes were created when huge stars collapsed to zero size and infinite density-this phenomenon is described as a “singularity”.
These theories are incompatible and are the ones that describe the universe at the cosmic scale and subatomic scale. Nevertheless, Stephen Hawking combined them and came with an unexpected result - that black holes have to shine.
This effect is known as “Hawking radiation” in his honor. After his discovery, his reputation grew and he was named a fellow of the Royal Society. He was only 32 years old, and became one of the youngest members to achieve this honor.
At age 35, he wasn't able to walk or feed himself because of his motor disease and his talking was difficult for people to understand. Stephen lost his voice because of a delicate operation he had because of pneumonia. His colleagues helped him by adapting a synthesizer so he could speak again with a very peculiar sound.
Shortly after that episode in his life, in 1988, he wrote his first book named A Brief History of Time, which appeared in the Sunday Time bestseller book list for a record-breaking 237 weeks. It was a huge success that sold four million copies and helped him provide for his family and transformed him into a celebrity.
After 25 years of marriage and three children Stephen and Jane divorced, and shortly after he married his nurse, Elaine Mason. His marriage only lasted eleven years and clearly he blamed his illness for his breakdown.
In 2004 Stephen came out with another idea, aside from his continuing work for black holes. He stated that information cannot be destroyed. This was a very controversial theory that he couldn't prove, but surely reflected that his idea of the Universe was changing.
He retired at 67 from Cambridge University, but also continued to work, posting articles in leading science journals and writing books.
He launched a new best seller book named The Grand Design, where he stated his ongoing search for the theory of everything.
In 2014 his life story was played on the big screen through the movie “The Theory of Everything” and was based on the book “Travelling to Infinity: My life with Stephen", written by his first wife Jane. They both collaborated with the production and Stephen even allowed them to use his voice in the soundtrack. This is an everlasting legacy and testimony of how Stephen Hawking has inspired the scientific world and the public in general.
Throughout his life he was presented with numerous prizes, medals and recognitions from the most renowned scientific world Academies and Foundations.
Stephen Hawking passed away on March 14th, 2018 at age 76. His resting place is at Westminster Abbey in London.
Stephen Hawking´s goal in life was to “complete the understanding of the universe”, and he devoted his entire life to do so. His legacy to the modern world resumes with the last sentence of his last book Brief Answers to Big Questions that reads “Unleash your imagination. Shape the future.”
Star naming for Stephen, who was in love with stars, is our tribute to his magnificent mind. You can spot his Registered Star in the night sky from anywhere using the Star Finder App under registration number 6903-88494-7082348.