Google Doodle remembered cosmologist, author, and theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking on his 80th birthday through an animated video on its homepage. The video talks about Hawking’s life and work. The narration of the video is in the scientist’s own voice.
Google has described Hawking as “One of history’s most influential scientific minds”, adding that, “From colliding black holes to the Big Bang, his theories on the origins and mechanics of the universe revolutionized modern physics while his best-selling books made the field widely accessible to millions of readers worldwide.”
Hawking was born in Oxford, England, and was fascinated with the universe from a young age. He was diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease at the age of 21, which paralyzed him gradually. He lost his speech and started communicating through a speech-generating device.
Hawking graduated with a BA degree in Physics from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. In the 1970s, Hawking came up with a theory that black holes emit radiation. Later, the discovery was widely acknowledged as a big breakthrough in theoretical physics.
The legendary physicist died in March 2018, at the age of 76.