Stephen Hawking was one of the most gifted and most famous scientists of the last fifty years. His science demonstrated a blend of technical ability and intuition. Hawking’s bestknown results concern black holes. His earliest work was on singularities in general relativity, what became known as the HawkingPenrose theorems. His discovery of Hawking radiation was a landmark result that fundamentally changed our understanding of black holes. Hawking had a remarkable life story, some of which was represented in the movie The Theory of Everything. Hawking had a playful spirit, which served him well and helped him to connect with the general public. It also endeared him to those who saw his appearances on television shows such as Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Simpsons, Futurama, The Big Bang Theory, and even Last Week Tonight. Continue reading

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