Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Physicist Stephen Hawking dead at 76

I am sad to report that one of my idols has passed away. Dr. Stephen Hawking, the famed physicist who has been honored in many movies and television programs such as Star Trek the Next Generation died at the age of 76.  This news has hit me hard inside. I am truly devastated. Since I was a kid, I admired Dr. Hawking.  I even use the voice from his wheelchair computer for the intro on my radio podcast show.

Not only was he brilliant, but his strength inspired me. He was a man who was disabled due to motor neurone disease which developed since he was 21 years old. This did not stop him. In his body which became nearly frozen due to the disease, was a brilliant mind that never gave up.  He was an example to us all in a world which seems disabilities as a weakness and undeserving of life. Hawking was recently featured on Dr. Neil degrasse Tyson's Star Talk television broadcast for his work and expertise regarding Black Holes.

His family issued this statement:

“We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today.

He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years.

His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world.

He once said, ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss him for ever.”

Hawking at one time believed in God, but eventually led himself astray due to materialism.  He wrote in his popular book  A Brief History of Time, "Why does the Universe exist? If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason - for then we would know the mind of God."  There will be those fanatics who will condemn him to hell or celebrate his death. This is not the Christian way.  We do not know what happened during his last moments.   

Hopefully he asked God for forgiveness in his last breath. God is merciful. Now Dr. Hawking knows that God truly exists. Now he truly knows the mysteries of the universe.  He met Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis and was also a member of the Pontifical Academy of Science. 

Thank you Dr. Stephen Hawking for inspiring me to study physics.  Thank you for inspiring me and many others by showing that disabilities are not an obstacle in life.  God has a sense of humor. Hawking dies on "pi day" 3/14 which is also Albert Einstein's birthday!  May God rest your soul. Rest in peace!


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