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Defying the odds of medicine, Stephen Hawking, widely regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists, celebrated his 70th birthday on 8th January.

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The most important event of his life occurred on December 31, 1962. He met his future wife at a New Year's Eve party. One month later, he was diagnosed with ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and was given only two years to live. Stephen Hawking is a medical miracle. He married Jane Wilde in July of 1965, has three children and a grandchild.

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Stephen William Hawking is a British theoretical physicist and cosmologist, whose scientific books and public appearances have made him an academic celebrity.

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He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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He is also a lifetime member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

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In 2009 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.

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Hawking was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge for 30 years, taking up the post in 1979 and retiring on 1 October 2009.

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He is now Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge.

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He is also a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and a Distinguished Research Chair at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario.

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He is known for his contributions to the fields of cosmology and quantum gravity, especially in the context of black holes.

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He has also achieved success with works of popular science in which he discusses his own theories and cosmology in general; these include the runaway best seller A Brief History of Time, which stayed on the British Sunday Times best-sellers list for a record-breaking 237 weeks.

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In his early work, Hawking spoke of "God" in a metaphorical sense, such as in A Brief History of Time: "If we discover a complete theory, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reasonâ€"for then we should know the mind of God."

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Stephen Hawking made a guest appearance on Star Trek- The Next Generation playing poker in the Holodeck with Data, Einstein, and Newton in the episode "Descent " and he also wrote the foreword to "The Physics of Star Trek" by L. M. Krauss.

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Hawking's key scientific works to date have included providing, with Roger Penrose, theorems regarding gravitational singularities in the framework of general relativity, and the theoretical prediction that black holes should emit radiation, which is today known as Hawking radiation (or sometimes as Bekensteinâ€"Hawking radiation).

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One of Stephen Hawkings dreams is to one day fly in the weightlessness of space (a dream that he and I share). He hasn’t made it to space yet, but this is pretty close. Here he is seen flying in a zero gravity airplane at a sharp descent allowing up to 25 seconds of apparent weightlessness. The apple is symbolic of Isaac Newton with whom Professor Hawking shares the same chair at Cambridge.

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Hawking has a motor neurone disease that is related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a condition that has progressed over the years and has left him almost completely paralysed.

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