Stephen Hawking: Dreaming Big For Science
Now considered one of the most intelligent leading minds in math and science, Stephen Hawking is considered 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 his diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a disorder which has rendered him mostly physically incapacitated, Hawking has continued to pursue a lasting and meaningful legacy in the science world.
Yet Hawking's professional accolades we see 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 full of triumph over challenge, a quick wit and passion for the search for knowledge. Learn about it here.
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Stephen Hawking's work in physics has completely revolutionized the way we think about black holes. (1:20)
Stephen Hawking introduced the wave function of the universe. (5:40)