Professor Stephen Hawking

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”

Here at Philip Harris we think it’s an amazing fact that Professor Hawking was born 8th Jan 1942, exactly 300 years since the death of Galileo, and died 14th March 2018, 139 years to the day Einstein was born. Was this written in the stars?

He was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist and former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge. A chair once held by Isaac Newton.

He was also an author, with his book ‘A brief History of Time’ becoming an international best seller, and, holding the Guinness World Record for number of weeks on the Sunday Times Best Seller List.

Diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease in 1963, he was given only 2 years live. But defied his diagnosis to carry on with his work.

He worked on the basic laws that govern the universe, and his work with Mathematician Sir Roger Penrose, demonstrated that Einstein’s general theory of relativity, implies space and time would have a beginning in the Big Bang and end in black holes.

In 1974 he discovered that black holes leak energy and fade to nothing.

At Philip Harris we want to recognise the great work Professor Hawking did, not just for promoting Physics but for making science seem fun and accessible to everyone.