the maverick scientist

Stephen Hawking lived with ALS for over 50 years; diagnosed at age 21, he beat the odds by stumping doctors and going far beyond the life expectancy for the dreaded disease.

Author of the now famous work "A Brief History of Time' (I recall reading my father's copy), he was regarded as one of the great minds in the field of Physics adopting his own maverick stances on the age of the universe, the big bang theory which he found highly suspect and black holes. Life couldn't have been easy for Mr. Hawking and yet his zest for knowledge must have undoubtedly contributed to his longevity. Maybe he now has a share the secrets about the nature of our existence he so desperately sought in life. I for one hope so.

Stephen Hawking has been compared by many with the likes of Albert Einstein who once famously said "God is subtle but not malicious". How ironic then that Mr. Hawking would pass away on Mr. Einstein's birthday of March 14th.

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