Google on Saturday is paying tribute to renowned scientist Stephen Hawking, who overcame a debilitating disease to continue probing the mysteries of the universe for what would be his 80th birthday on Earth. Hawking, who died in 2018 at the age of 76, was also a cosmologist, astronomer, mathematician, and author of numerous books, including the landmark “A Brief History of Time,” which has sold more than 10 million copies.
A Google Doodle, which is a temporary alteration of the search engine’s logo to celebrate special occasions, was created by Matthew Cruickshank in honor of Hawking. Google wrote that today’s video Doodle celebrates one of history’s most influential scientific minds, English cosmologist, author, and theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking.
From colliding black holes to the Big Bang, his theories on the origins and mechanics of the universe revolutionized modern physics. At the same time, his best-selling books made the field widely accessible to millions of readers worldwide. The scientist had ALS, a neurodegenerative disease known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, which is usually fatal within a few years. He was diagnosed in 1963 when he was 21, and doctors initially gave him only a few years to live.The stop-motion animation begins with Hawking’s trademark synthesized voice narrating the doodle, saying his expectations were reduced to zero at 21.
I cannot move and I have to speak through a computer, in my mind I am free. Hawking was born in 1942 in Oxford, England, and was “fascinated by how the universe functioned from a young age.Hawking’s groundbreaking work on black holes in 1979 prompted Cambridge to appoint him as the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, a position held by Isaac Newton in 1669, according to Google statement. Hawking’s doctoral thesis was released to the public in 2017 on a University of Cambridge website, which crashed due to enormous amounts of traffic.