Stephen Hawking is a brillant astro and theoretical physicist, most known for his study of black holes, his book A brief History of Time, and his illness ALS, which has left him almost completly imobile. His other books The Universe in a Nutshell, a Briefer History of Time, Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays, On The Shoulders of Giants: The Great Works of Physics and Astronomy.
He is also a pop culture icon, due to his physically disabled status, his status as one of the leading scientists of our time, and his computer that he uses to talk by pressing a variety of symbols for sounds. He has been in the shows Star Trek
, Family Guy
, The Simpsons
among other shows. There is also a rapper, M.C. Hawking, who uses his voice synthesiser to make lyrics. Stephen Hawking, known also for his wit, takes these in good humor.
Stephen Hawking has had Lou Gehrig's Disease for most of his life and as lived much longer then his doctors originally thought.
"When I hear of Schrödinger's cat, I reach for my gun." - Stephen Hawking
"I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image."