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Portrait of researcher and professor Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking

A theoretical physicist, astrophysicist, cosmologist, and eminent scientist, Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with ALS at age 21: he was given 2 more years to live. He lived until he was 76-years-old.

He had been paralysed from head to toe for over thirty years and used a voice synthesizer to be able to communicate, and a wheelchair that he operated through slight movements of the head and eyes.

None of this prevented him from developing his activity as an exemplary researcher and professor, and intense personal life that allowed him to make his illness known to the world.

Becoming one of the most recognizable celebrities of our time, his story was taken to the cinema in the film "The Theory of Everything".

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Last Updated on:
Fri Aug 16, 2019