Is anyone else a little jealous?
A tribute to the incredible Stephen’s Hawkins!
After being told he only had 2 years to live at the age of 21, Stephen Hawkins has sadly passed away at the age of 76 leaving behind him a legacy.
In light of his death we would like to share with you five of his greatest achievements (something that was incredibly hard to do as there are so many)
1) Hawking co-discovered the four laws of black hole mechanics
Stephen Hawking discovered the four laws of black hole mechanics. These laws are physical properties that black holes are believed to satisfy and are analogous to the laws of thermodynamics in January 1971.
2) ‘Hawking Radiation’
Not only did he complete research and make discoveries, but Hawking also published books that recounted his findings. All of his research done on black holes led him to write his book known as Hawking Radiation. This was a book that was incredibly popular and the findings that were laid out in it were groundbreaking.
3) He received numerous awards including the Gold Medal of the RAS
In 1974, a few weeks after the announcement of the Hawking radiation, Stephan Hawking became one of the youngest persons to be elected to the Royal Society of London. In 1982 he was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by the Queen. In 1985 he was given the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), the highest award given by the RAS. In 1987 he was awarded the Paul Dirac Medal by the Institute of Physics for his outstanding contributions to theoretical physics.
4) Along with James Hartle, he proposed an important model on universe’s initial state
Along with James Hartle, Stephen Hawking published a model known as the Hartle–Hawking state in 1983. It proposed that time didn’t exist before the Big Bang and hence the concept of the beginning of the universe is meaningless… doesn’t that give you something to think about!
5) Being compared to Newton and Einstein
Another one of the biggest accolades that Hawking received at a young age was being compared to to Einstein and Newton. He was not able to pursue a degree in mathematics, so he instead chose physics. He obtained his PH. D by the age of 23 and was known as a brilliant researcher when he achieved the Lucasian Professorship, which is a title that Newton held before him. Being compared to Newton and Einstein is not something that Hawking took lightly. It helped to motivate and push him further.