Now considered one of the most intelligent leading minds in math and science, Stephen Hawking is revered as the Godfather of the Universe by many. His books and numerous contributions to the studies of cosmology, astrophysics and black holes have played significant roles in advancing research and exploration in space. Despite being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a disorder which has rendered him physically incapacitated, Hawking has continued to pursue a lasting and meaningful legacy in the science world.
Yet, Hawking's professional accolades seen today are a far cry from his humble educational beginnings. According to teachers, Hawking ranked among one of the worst students grade-wise, while still earning the nickname "Einstein" for his obvious interest in how things worked. Hawking has also never received a Nobel Prize for his work in science. Still, his incredible life is characterized by triumphs over challenges, a quick wit, and persistence in the pursuit of knowledge. Learn more about Hawking in the following videos.