There should be no boundaries to human endeavor. We are all different. Whatever bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there’s life, there is hope.
By Sapna Chandio
“The face of adversity, challenge and pain is the definition of success”
This statement is the shortest life summary of Stephen William Hawking (1942 – 2018) an iconic theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author, former Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge and former director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge, who can definitely be ranked among the marvelous minds of the erstwhile as well as the present century.
Following the trail of eminent scientists of the history, including Galileo, Newton and Albert Einstein, Hawking was one of the outstanding theoretical physicists and cosmologists of the history. This genius was born on January 8, 1942, in Oxford, England. Sharing his incredible ideas in the search for the human being, especially addressing the youth in melancholy, he advises: “There should be no boundaries to human endeavor. We are all different. Whatever bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there’s life, there is hope.”
The crux of his word to the adolescence is, while there is life, there is a glimmer of hope. Hawking’s ‘word to youth’ is as noble as his works about ‘the time and space’ are esteemed to the world.
We all know that though he was severely paralyzed by “motor neuron disorder” (the defect in nerves, called degenerative nerve disorder or ALS – ‘Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis’) which was diagnosed in 1963 when he was just 21. After which he was unable to move his body-muscles, but his passion couldn’t halt him to read, write, teach, explore, invent and disseminate, what he learnt and thought about. His alluring mind instigated multiple theories, through which he was able to explain to us the origin of the universe, prospect of time and several unveiled mysteries of black holes in the space. He always amazed us by his incredible thoughts, through his books, including: “a brief history of time”, “Brief Answers to the big questions”, “The theory of everything”, “The Universe in a Nutshell”, “On the Shoulders of Giants” as well as “God Created the Integers: The Mathematical Breakthroughs That Changed History” etc.
Hawking’s intellectual generosity, despite his physical malady, made him enormously admirable. His legacy will unquestionably remain perpetual.
Hawking Left on March 14, 2018, at Cambridge, England, at the age of 76 – fully 55 years after doctors gave him just two years to live with a diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
Stephen Hawking really teaches the youth through his life and works, that dreaming and working on completion of it, is (and should be) the real goal of life.
“His passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake. But it’s not empty. Think of it as a kind of vacuum energy permeating the fabric of space-time that defies measure,” said Neil deGrasse Tyson, noted scientist, astrophysicist, cosmologist, planetary scientist, author, and science communicator of the present time, on Hawking’s demise.
The author is a pharmacy student in People’s University of Medical and Health Sciences for Women, Shaheed Benazirabad (Nawabshah) and is a ‘Pharmacy Doctor in making’. She is fond of reading since 2012 and writing amateur blogs and write-ups since 2016.