Tributes To Professor Stephen Hawking's Passion...

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By Tom Hasker, Associate Partner, Lighthouse International

Professor Hawking was a leading light in the world of theoretical physics. His colleagues and friends pay tribute to man who made complex science look easy.

Prof Stephen Hawking held the same Lucasian Chair of Mathematics position at The University of Cambridge as Sir Isaac Newton did 110 years earlier. This is just one small anecdotal fact about Professor Hawking that is in itself a big deal, but one that seems fitting to such an extraordinary life as Mr Hawking lived.

Affected by motor neuron disease, that crippled him to a wheelchair and slowly robbed him of his movement and speech, he said;

"When one's expectations are reduced to zero, one really appreciates everything one does have."

This shows for me the incredible humility he had throughout his life and the attitude of a legend to focus on what powers we have rather than dwell on misfortune. He was, in fact only given 2 years to live in 1963 and yet he lasted another 55!! It shows the extraordinary power of living a life of meaning and purpose with an active mind.

His most famous popular science book is 'A Brief History of Time' in which he writes about his work on black holes and formation of the universe in The Big Bang. This is what made him a household name and perhaps his most enduring legacy, outside of the theoretical physics world, is inspiring other people and children to question the world around them;

"I hope I have helped to raise the profile of science and to show that physics is not a mystery but can be understood by ordinary people."

There is no doubt that the passion Professor Hawking had for his work is what allowed him to succeed so well in his discoveries and this is a key lesson that we can all learn from him, as we learn about life and the universe ourselves throughout our lives.

Below are just a few of the tributes that many people who have met and worked with Professor Hawking have posted, following his death on 14th March 2018;

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