Born in 1942, Hawking was a physicist and mathematician who is well-known for his work on black holes and relativity, in addition to being the first scientist to postulate the Big Bang Theory.
Today’s Google Doodle honors the pioneering work of physicist Stephen Hawking. Besides a video with his quotes on cosmology and disability, there is also a photo and Doodle of him as a young man.
Stephen Hawking has done a lot of work and we’re excited to celebrate what would have been his 80th birthday. What we liked most was his sharp sense of humor, the way he engaged audiences from all around the world.
Google added, Hawking theorized about the origins and mechanisms of the universe, making it a best-selling topic for people around the world.
In 1979, Hawking became the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge, one of the most prestigious academic chairs in the world. In his career as a professor, he also researched topics including how the universe came to an end and Albert Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity.
Hawking eventually had to start using a wheelchair, and in 1985 he lost the ability to speak due to an emergency tracheotomy. Throughout his career, Stephen Hawking was unable to speak so Cambridge University created a speech-generating device for him. He talked with this electronic voice which used software & electronics that picked words he wanted to use.
Sadly, Stephen Hawking passed away on March 14, 2018. “With his courage and persistence, his brilliance and humour, he was able to inspire people across the world” – children Lucy, Robert and Tim said in a statement at the time.