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Stephen Hawking – some of my favourite moments

We woke up this morning to the really sad news that Stephen Hawking passed away. Whilst his death is undoubtedly tragic, looking back at how he lived his life and pursued his dreams in the face of his disability is inspirational. As a kid, I remember being captivated by his electronic voice and would listen intently whenever he was on TV (even if I didn’t understand what he was saying!).

There are some great obituaries that do a much better job of telling his story than I can (I particularly like the Guardian’s and the FT’s take). However, there are so many hilarious, compelling and thoughtful snippets from Stephen Hawking’s life that I thought I’d share a few here.

Cameo on The Simpsons

This is an absolute classic!

This interview with John Oliver

This one is from a few years ago and shows just how wicked his sense of humour was.

Stephen Hawking in Zero-G

After decades of being wheelchair-bound, in 2007 he took a Zero-G flight. It is hard to imagine the sense of freedom that it must have given him.

The Reith Lectures

In 2016, he delivered the Reith Lectures at the Royal Institute. If you have a spare hour, you could do a lot worse than checking out these two recordings about black holes. They are a truly fascinating listen!

Lecture 1: Do black holes have no hair?

Lecture 2: Black holes ain’t as black as they’re painted

Stephen Hawking’s new voice

Around this time last year, this short was released for Comic Relief. I think he made a fine choice for his new voice personally!

Inspiring words

I’ll finish with this short snippet from one of his later speeches. When you consider that this is coming from somebody who was diagnosed at 22 with an illness that was supposed to kill him within 2 years, this is all the more poignant.

As he said to the astronauts onboard the International Space Station in 2014:

May you keep flying like superman in microgravity.


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