Stephen Hawking

A singularity in space-time

Print edition : April 13, 2018

Stephen Hawking giving a talk during the 50th anniversary celebrations of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in Washington, D.C., on April 21, 2008. Photo: Paul. E. Alers/NASA/The New York Times

U.S. President Barack Obama presenting Hawking with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honour, during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House on August 12, 2009. Photo: Jewel Samad/AFP

Queen Elizabeth meeting Stephen Hawking at a reception for the Leonard Cheshire Disability charity at St. James’s Palace in London on May 29, 2014. Photo: Jonathan Brady/REUTERS

In a zero-gravity jet (owned by Zero Gravity Corp.) on April 26, 2007. The modified jet first flew up to 24,000 feet over the Atlantic Ocean off Florida. It made a total of eight parabolic dips, during two of which Hawking made two weightless flips. Photo: Zero Gravity Corp/AP

Hawking displaying a cartoon of himself with characters from the TV serial “The Simpsons” during a lecture he gave titled “Science in the future” in Mumbai on January 14, 2001. He was in the city to attend the Strings 2001 conference at the TIFR. Photo: Savita Kirloskar/REUTERS

First-day covers released by the General Post Office, Karnataka Postal Circle, in Bengaluru on March 20. Photo: MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP

Considered the most popular science book of all time.

Stephen Hawking (1942-2018) was truly one of a kind: an outstanding theoretical physicist, a gifted writer and public speaker able to describe difficult concepts in intuitive and appealing language, and a person whose public persona was unfailingly cheerful in spite of his significant disablilities.
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