Stephen Hawkings: A Great Personality

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Stephen Hawkings On January 8th, 1942, in Oxford, England, a boy named Stephen Hawking was born. Though nobody knew it at the time, but Stephen would eventually grow up to become one of the most gifted astrophysics of all time.

Stephen grew up just like you or me. He had a girlfriend and a life. It wasn't until his college days at Cambridge University when Lou Gehrig's disease took over his body and he became quadriplegic. He lost control of most of his body, but lucky for him and us it didn't affect his fascinating mind.

While he was studying to get his B.A. at Cambridge him and his physics teacher Dennis Sciama formed a very close friendship. Dennis stood by Stephen while the disease took over his body. Dennis taught him to love astrophysics and showed him everything there was to learn. Stephen admired Dennis for what he did for him, and to this day he still tells people how much he looked up to him.

After Stephen graduated from Cambridge with his B.A., Stephen went on to enroll at the prestigious Oxford University. He continued his studying there until he graduated in 1966 with a Ph.D.

Stephen finished his first book, "Properties of the expanded Universe"�, in 1966. After that book was published Stephen started books on a theory he had called "The Back Hole Theory". He has written dozens of books on "The Black Hole Theory": "The Quantum Mechanics of Holes", "Black Hole Explosions", "The Large Scale Structure of Space-Time", and "Black Holes in Space", are just a few of the outstanding books he has written.

I guess your wondering what exactly "The Black Hole Theory" is. Well let me explain as best as I can. The theory is that a star that explodes...