Stephen Hawking: From Cambridge to The Simpsons

posted: 03/14/18
by: Alexandra Leon

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Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking inspired the world with his theories of the cosmos and his boundless curiosity.

He died at age 76 on Wednesday at his home in Cambridge, England.

In 1963 when diagnosed with ALS, a motor neuron disease also known as Lou Gherig's disease, he didn't let his physical condition limit his work or his spirit. At the time he was only given two years to live - something his brilliant and stubborn mind clearly defied.

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During his career he explored theories on gravity and black holes, and published his most famous book in 1988, "A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes."

The scientist also had a lighter side, often marked by a dark humor, that captivated his admirers and launched him into the popular culture.

From visits to his alma mater to an appearance on the Simpsons, here are six examples of why Hawking was so loved:

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