Stephen Hawking was one of the most famous scientists of the past century. He used a wheelchair and a communication aid due to his motor neurone disease, but his illness didn’t stop him from publishing numerous books (including the best-selling A Brief History of Time), working as a professor at the University of Cambridge, and reshaping the field of theoretical physics.
Stephen Hawking IS KNOWN FOR...
- Predicting that black holes release radiation (known as ‘Hawking radiation’)
- Publishing A Brief History of Time, which has sold over 25 million copies
- Appearing on The Simpsons and The Big Bang Theory, among other TV shows
For much of his life, Hawking ‘spoke’ using a communication aid with an American voice, leading many people to mistake Hawking for an American. Hawking’s speech synthesiser was made in 1986, and while more realistic-sounding voice technology has since become available, Hawking stuck with that voice until the end of his life as he had come to identify with it.
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