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Stephen Hawking: At the University of Cambridge at age 75 leaves an audience in tears.

Stephen Hawking: At the University of Cambridge at age 75 leaves an audience in tears.

Stephen Hawking: At the University of Cambridge at age 75 leaves an audience in tears.

Professor Stephen Hawking moved to a tearful audience on Sunday, after he spoke at an event on the occasion of his 75th birthday. The physicist and cosmologist gave a talk reflecting on his life and scientific work during a public symposium at Cambridge University. Hawking, who turned 75 in January, joked: “Actually, for those who keep the account, I’m closer to 75 and a half years, but I should not get in the way of a good celebration. In his talk, entitled My Life in Physics, he talked about his early realization of his medical problems when he went skating with his mother.

Prof Hawking was later diagnosed with ALS amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at the age of 21. At first I became depressed. I seemed to be getting very, very quickly. It did not seem like any point working on my doctoral thesis because I did not know that I would live long enough to finish it. But then the condition develops more slowly and I began to advance in my work. After my expectations had been reduced to zero, every new day became a bonus and I began to appreciate everything I had. While there is life there is hope. After flying through his achievements breaking physics world and beyond with modest humility, Hawking ended up with a very human note.

Our image of the universe has changed a lot in the last 50 years and I am happy if I have made a small contribution. Remember you should look at the stars and not down at your feet. Be curious and yet difficult life as it may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed in. His speech followed an afternoon of lectures on the gravity and black holes of other distinguished scientists, including Professor Brian Cox. The Cambridge-based rock star physicist was the first to address the audience, with a lightning tour of the history of the universe, along with our developing understanding of it. Although Professor Cox credits him to Mr. Hawking, who inspired him to study physics, which was Hawking’s commitment to the public that was his greatest achievement.

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2017-07-03T11:55:59.000Z