Stephen Hawking, the mega-genius physicist died at home on March 14, 2018. Coincidentally (or not), the day of his passing also happened to be the birthday of fellow super-genius Albert Einstein, so it seems pretty clear that, even in death Hawking had things more figured out than the rest of us.
But in addition to literally writing the book on time, the universe, and everything, Hawking’s also done about a billion different super-smart things, and was responsible for bringing together a bunch of disparate scientific ideas and proving them by being, you know, way smarter than any of us. But here’s our chance to pretend we’re actual, real-life smart people, as we unveil the many sides of Stephen Hawking’s life that many people may not know about.
1. He Was Diagnosed At 21 And Given Three Years To Live
Before Stephen Hawking even started discovering the mind-bending science of reality, he was already defying it! See, when Hawking was only 21, he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease), and doctors told he only had three years to live.
Hawking, upon hearing the news, promptly took one look at Death and said, “oh dear, no thank you,” and proceeded to live until the ripe old age of 76. The guy who was supposed to croak at 21 lived for another five decades, plus five years for fun. And look, you’re probably not a mathematician, but even you can calculate that to be roughly a bunch more years than the doctors gave him. That probably made his regular doctor super-nervous when saying anything to the man during his annual physical.