He was a man who pushed the limits — in his intellectual life, to be sure, but also in his professional and personal lives. He traveled the globe to scientific meetings, visiting every continent, including Antarctica; wrote best-selling books about his work; married twice; fathered three children; and was not above appearing on “The Simpsons,”“Star Trek: The Next Generation”or “The Big Bang Theory.”
After being diagnosed with ALS in 1963, Stephen Hawking was not expected to see age 30. But he lived to become the best-known scientific mind since Albert Einstein, revolutionizing the field of quantum physics and showing both sharp wit and kindness that endeared him to his many fans, scientists and non-scientists alike.
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