Stephen Hawking’s 80th birthday is celebrated by Google with a special animated doodle. It contains a two and a half minute video in the physicist’s own computer-generated voice depicting his contributions to the universe and illustrating life’s struggle with its affected health condition – neurodegenerative disease. Stephen Hawking is the most famous scientist of our time with his well-known views of black holes and the Big Bang and has iconic status. Aside from his contributions to modern physics, his bestsellers brought this field to millions of readers around the world.
Google has created a new doodle in honor of the English cosmologist and provided an insight into his journey in a separate post. Clicking on the doddle takes users to the post. Stephen William Hawking was born in Oxford, England in 1942. The video also shows how despite being diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease at the age of 21, the greatest mysteries of the cosmos were uncovered.
In 1965, Hawking defended his PhD thesis at the University of Cambridge, Properties of Expanding Universes, in which he introduced the revolutionary theory that space and time emerged from a singularity, a point both infinitely small and dense, which is today on best known as the key feature is black holes. Hawking then began his career as a research fellow at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.
Hawking discovered in 1974 that particles can escape black holes. This theory, known as Hawking radiation, is believed to be his most important contribution to physics. In 1979 Hawking’s work on Black Holes led Cambridge to appoint him a Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, a position held by Isaac Newton in 1669. Hawking’s doctoral thesis was posted on a University of Cambridge website in 2017, which received a huge amount of traffic due to a crash. He died in 2018 at the age of 76.
The Google Doodle was illustrated by artist Matthew Cruickshank, and the tech giant has confirmed that Stephen Hawking’s voice was generated with the consent of the Hawking estate and used in the Doodle.
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