World’s Most Brilliant Mind With A Disabled Body
Today being World Disabled Day, we celebrate one of the greatest minds of modern history who, despite being differently abled, has revolutionised the world as we know it. Finding his path in science and technology, he broke new grounds about our solar system and made it possible for us to see beyond our own little world. Yes, we are talking about Stephen Hawking, the brilliant scientist who made ground-breaking discoveries in the study of general relativity, quantum gravity and black holes, among other things. Here are 7 fun facts about the gifted cosmologist.
- Stephen was a poor student. Yes, you read it right! The genius fared badly in most of his exams and was almost at the bottom of his class. He hated biology the most and wished he could learn more descriptive, theoretical and accurately detailed subjects.
- He loved to dismantle devices such as radios and clocks and try to put them back together, though he would end up unsuccessful on that count.
- When it was time to appear for the scholarship exams, he surprisingly excelled in class, thereby being able to afford to go to Oxford on a scholarship program.
- Somehow, his school teachers and classmates had always believed that he would be recognised for his special abilities in the future, which earned him the nickname ‘Einstein’.
- Being a loner during his first year at Oxford, Stephen joined the prestigious rowing team of the university. Due to his lanky appearance, he was made a coxswain, a person who controls the steering and stroke rate. His position in the rowing team brought him greater notice and attention, and he became popular among his peers. However, his studies began to suffer again since he was busy with rowing practice six afternoons a week. So he began to get ‘creative’ in his lab reports to cover up his lack of revision!
- At the age of 21, he was detected as suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease, which causes patients to lose control of their voluntary muscles. Moreover, he was told that he had only a few more years to live. But as we all know, Stephen did not let that diagnosis affect his mind and he devoted himself entirely to his passion, namely cosmology.
- He is the author of a large number of books including A Brief History of Time, A Briefer History of Time, My Brief History, The Universe in a Nutshell and others.
Today, Stephen is known as one of the world’s greatest scientists who has proven his doctors wrong and is living it up at the age of 74!