12 Most interesting facts which you never knew about Stephen Hawking
Winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom 2009, the Fundamental Physics Prize 2012, and the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award 2015, Stephen Hawking is probably one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists present in this day and age.
In 1963 he was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Despite losing control of every part of his body, but despite this, he survived to become a symbol representing the power of the human mind and spirit. Here are 10 interesting facts about Stephen Hawking.
1 Hawking wasn’t meant to last long enough to see his 24th Birthday
As he was diagnosed with ALS or MTD at 23 in 1963 doctors had estimated just 2 years more for him to live. Surprisingly he proved them wrong by surviving for over 50 years. The disease is known to destroy the neurons controlling the voluntary muscles making it very difficult to swallow, speak and even breathe. Even though Hawking has now lost all control of his body he communicates through a high-tech computerized system using only his cheek movements.