RIP Stephen Hawking: ‘Quiet people have the loudest minds’

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“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”

Stephen Hawking was a visionary physicist who explored the universe and explained black holes. His 1988 release of A Brief History of Time remains one of the greatest selling science books of all-time.

But was perhaps best known for his remarkable endurance. Doctors gave him two years to live in 1963 after he was diagnosed with motor neuron disease which crippled him. He lost his voice in 1985, only to come back to write and talk via an Intel-powered speaking device. “Quiet people have the loudest minds,” he proclaimed.

Stephen Hawking lived to a remarkable 75 years old, born on the 300th anniversary of Galileo’s death and dying today on Einstein’s birthday. The University of Cambridge celebrated his life with an inspirational montage with a Hawking voiceover.

“People who boast about their IQ are losers”

The cosmos queued him up to be a genius, but also a lifelong comedian. “Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny,” Hawking told The New York Times in 2004 interview. He also said that “people who boast about their IQ are losers.”

Fortunately, he left his work for all of us. Just last year he released his 1966 PhD thesis titled ‘Properties of expanding universes’ to the public because he wanted to “inspire people around the world to look up at the stars and not down at their feet.”

Read the obituary in The Guardian.

Hawking graduated from Oxford (1962), the year before he was diagnosed with motor neuron disease (© Rex/Shutterstock)

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5 thoughts on “RIP Stephen Hawking: ‘Quiet people have the loudest minds’”

  1. What a nice tribute! Its unbelievable how long he lived. He beat all the odds and made so many contributions to the scientific community and became a legend. RIP!

  2. […] RIP Stephen Hawking: ‘Quiet people have the loudest minds’. Stephen Hawking was a visionary physicist who explored the universe and explained black holes. Born on the 300th anniversary of Galileo’s death, and dying on Einstein’s birthday, the universe teed Hawkings up to be a genius. But he was also a natural comedian. “Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny,” Hawkings told The New York Times in 2004 interview. He also said that “people who boast about their IQ are losers.” […]

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