Stephen Hawking has been an inspiration to not only those in the world of theoretical physics, but to the world as a whole. His love and passion for theoretical physics led to him continuing his work despite the motor neuron disease that developed in the 1960s. He even rose to the Lucasian Chair of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge in 1977 (a position once held by Isaac Newton).
“My disabilities have not been a significant handicap in my field, which is theoretical physics. Indeed, they have helped me in a way,” Hawking wrote in a 1984 essay. Because of his illness, he believed he was given more time to think through the physics problems rather than performing lectures, and working on administrative tasks.
His tenacity in the field of theoretical physics proved that no matter who you are, or what you’re fighting, you can still find a way to do what you love.
Thank you Professor Hawking