In memory of Professor Stephen Hawking's Birthday!

In memory of Professor Stephen Hawking's Birthday!

On January 8th, it is Professor Stephen Hawking's Birthday!

Stephen Hawking was one of the most influential scientists of the 21st century. Hawking was born in Oxford, England, in 1942 and attended University College, Oxford, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in physics.

Hawking was best known for his work on the properties of black holes and demonstrated that a black hole could be completely described by its mass, electric charge, and angular momentum. He also proposed the theoretical basis for Hawking radiation, the phenomenon that black holes can emit particles.

Hawking's work on black holes was groundbreaking, he proposed that information about the matter that had gone into a black hole was not lost, but could be retrieved. This was in contrast to the prevailing scientific opinion, which held that nothing could escape a black hole.

Hawking's research also explored the origin and fate of the universe. Stephen Hawking developed theories on the Big Bang and the origin of the universe, and he proposed that the universe would eventually collapse in on itself. Theories on the nature of time and space, such as the idea that time is finite and that the universe is expanding were also developed. 

Hawking was awarded numerous awards and honors throughout his career, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Wolf Prize, and the Copley Medal. He was also a member of the Royal Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and received honorary degrees from numerous universities and institutions.

In 2018, Stephen Hawking passed away at the age of 76. His scientific legacy will continue to be celebrated for years to come. His work on black holes, the Big Bang, and the origin of the universe has been influential and inspirational to many. He will be remembered as one of the greatest scientists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Find out more about Stephen Hawking's life here

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