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    Administrator Tracy Rainwater's Avatar
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    Sep 2003

    Physicist Stephen Hawking Passes

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    “Not since Albert Einstein has a scientist so captured the public imagination and endeared himself to tens of millions of people around the world,” Michio Kaku, a professor of theoretical physics at the City University of New York, said in an interview.
    That's pretty high praise and a fitting epitaph for a brilliant mind.

    Hawking was born in Oxford, England in 1942. The MSN story describes him as a "mediocre" student in high school. However, he seemed to find his passion in Mathematics and Physics while attending Oxford University. Although Hawking said that he found those subjects easy, it was cosmology that excited him. As he said, it dealt with “the big question: Where did the universe come from?”

    Shortly after graduation, Hawking was stricken with a debilitating disease which we now call ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease. What started as temporary muscle weakness, left Hawking restricted to a wheelchair and in later life, left him paralyzed with only voluntary eye movement.

    Despite all his physical disabilities, Hawking continued to study and became one of the world's leading experts in Physics especially dealing with gravity and black holes. His life was even made into an Academy Award-nominated movie, “The Theory of Everything”.

    You can read more about Dr. Hawking's life and achievements at

    He was 76 years old.

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    Senior Member David Vaughn's Avatar
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    Jul 2002
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    He lived 50 years longer than they said he would have. A truly amazing man.
    David Vaughn
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    Senior Member TrippleJ's Avatar
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    RIP. He will be missed.
    Samsung UN75F8000 LED TV, NAD T-777 (7.2 Receiver), Oppo 103 Blu Ray Player, Sony PS4 Gaming Console, Panamax MR-5100 Surge Protection, 7 Paradigm Reference series 8" in ceiling speakers (AMS-150R) - 30 degree tilting speakers, 2 Paradigm SE Subs. Pictures here.


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