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10 Things Every Child Must Know About Stephen Hawking

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"However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at." - Stephen Hawking

Renowned theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and one of the greatest minds in the field of Science, Stephen Hawking has been the source of inspiration for many budding scientists over generations.

Detected with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), at the age of 21, which gradually paralysed him later on, Hawking never let his illness deter him, and went on to make some of the biggest breakthroughs in Science. Share this ClipBook with your child to teach him about some of the important facts about this great scientist's life. 

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1. Stephen Hawking Beat All Odds To Become A Success Story

Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with motor neuron disease in 1963, when he was 21 years old and was given a life expectancy of two more years. His disease progressed more slowly than originally thought, however, and he went on to continue pursuing r...

2. The Genius Started Out As A Slow Learner

He is regarded as having one of the brightest minds on the planet. But eminent astrophysicist Stephen Hawking admitted that he did not learn to read until he was eight years old. In a public lecture at the Royal Albert Hall, Professor Hawking als...

3. His Illness Did Not Decide His Future

Long before the neurodegenerative disease ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) became more well-known thanks to the Ice Bucket Challenge, it was very much a part of physicist Stephen Hawking’s life. Hawking was just 21 and studying cosmology at t...

4. He Won Several Awards For His Research Work And Discoveries

Born on 8 January 1942 in Oxford, England, Stephen Hawking was a theoretical physicist, cosmologist and author. He was most famous for his work on black holes and for his bestselling book A Brief History of Time. Considered among the greatest scie...

5. He Was Part Of The Oxford University Rowing Team

Before ALS and his ample scientific offerings, Stephen Hawking was a university student who did his fair share of cutting up. Seen above holding the white handkerchief, Hawking joined the Oxford University boat club where he served as a rather dar...

6. He Experienced Zero Gravity Despite His Paralysis

Stephen Hawking experienced a total of four minutes of weightlessness in a plane that dives through the sky to give passengers a taste of zero gravity British physicist Stephen Hawking took a flight that gave the renowned scientist, who is confin...

7. He Wrote A Children’S Book About Time Travel

It’s not uncommon for famous authors of “adult” literature to have also penned lesser-known but no less lovely children’s books — take, for instance, those by Mark Twain, Maya Angelou, James Joyce, E. E. Cummings, and Sylvia Plath. Famous scientis...

8. He Launched A Mission To Find Alien Civilisation

Astronomers hunting for signs of intelligent alien life in the universe have recorded 15 mysterious radio signals coming from a dwarf galaxy three billion light years away. The team is part of the Breakthrough Listen project, set up by Professor ...

9. He Got His Unique Voice From Intel

Stephen Hawking first met Gordon Moore, the cofounder of Intel, at a conference in 1997. Moore noticed that Hawking’s computer, which he used to communicate, had an AMD processor and asked him if he preferred instead a “real computer” with an Inte...

10. He Lost A Bet About One Of His Most Famous Discoveries - The Black Hole

Black holes do not obliterate information about things which fall into them, but mangle information instead. So says Stephen Hawking, backtracking on his own theory about black holes after 30 years. The physicist was forced to concede a bet he ma...

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