In our previous articles, we started to touch on people who became the hope of many disabled people and who succeeded despite all kinds of negative developments by overcoming many unimaginable obstacles. In this article, we will talk about another of these inspire, Stephen William Hawking.
Considered one of the most brilliant physicists ever born, Stephen William Hawking was born in England on 08.01.1942. Interestingly, his birth date corresponds to exactly 300 years after the death of the Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei. He was seen as a genius by his classmates and was called “Einstein” by them, even before he went to college. He was very fond of dealing with mathematics and wanted to study mathematics at university. But his father, worried about the lack of job opportunities for maths graduates, recommended that he study medicine at his home university, Oxford University. He followed his father’s advice and reluctantly applied to Oxford University. He persuaded his family not to study medicine, but he was not able to study mathematics at Oxford University. Therefore, he decided to study physics, and he received a first-class undergraduate degree in physics.
When Hawking was still an undergraduate, he began to have minor problems with doing minor chores like tying shoelaces, irregularity in his movements, and clumsiness. In 1963, when he was just 21, doctors diagnosed him with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a fatal neurodegenerative disease that affects motor neurons in the eye and spinal cord. At the time, doctors estimated that Hawking would only live for 2 years. After this stage of his life, he had to endure greater difficulties. He had trouble speaking at first due to his illness, which paralyzed the mental functions of the brain without harming it, and began to slur. His condition was getting worse day by day. Before he could only walk with crutches, then he could move with an electric wheelchair. Despite all this, he did not give up. He managed to overcome the difficulties he faced and became one of the best scientists to ever come to Earth. So how?
He never gave up fighting. When he completely lost his walking ability, he moved with his electric wheelchair. When he completely lost his ability to speak, he managed to communicate first with the signal he sent to computer software with his fingers, and when he could not move his fingers, he managed to communicate with the signal he sent to computer software with his facial muscles.
Despite all the difficulties he faced, Hawking became a successful scientist known worldwide. He has been given a big inspiring life for all disabled people to achieve what he has done and lose hope and never give up. Hawkings’ life shows that whatever physical disability is, all can find the appropriate tech and keep trying. All can find that the power to bring success is already within them.
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