Dr. Stephen Hawking

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Dr. Stephen W. Hawking Isn't that amazing?

Dr. Hawking is best known for his discovery that black holes emit radiation which can be detected by special instrumentation. His discovery has made the detailed study of black holes possible.

Stephen Hawking was born in Oxford, England on January 8, 1942. At the age of 17, he enrolled at University College, Oxford. He wanted to study mathematics, but resorted to the study of physics when math was unavailable. He pursued a Ph.D. in physics despite being diagnosed with Ameliotrophic Lateral Sclerosis while at Oxford. This disease is progressive and slowly affects the nerves supplying all muscles in the body. In 1985 he became ill with pneumonia and since that time he has required 24-hour nursing care. Through Dr. Hawking's incredible determination and with the help of family and associates, he continues to work. In 1970 he began work on the characteristics of black holes. As a result of his research, Dr. Hawking predicted that black holes emit radiation in the X-ray to gamma-ray range of the spectrum. In the 1980s he returned to an earlier interest in the origins of the universe and how quantum mechanics may affect its fate. He has co-authored many publications such as "300 Years of Gravity" and "The Large Scale Structure of Space-time". Dr. Hawking has written books such as A Brief History of Time and Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays. He continues to give lectures and seminars despite his being unable to speak since 1985. Dr. Hawking communicates with the aid of a speech synthesizer and a portable computer. He currently holds Isaac Newton's chair as the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University in England.

Dr. Hawking can be reached at the following addresses:

Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics
Silver Street
Cambridge
CB3 9EW
England
E-mail: S.W.Hawking@damtp.cam.ac.uk

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Dr. Hawking predicted that black holes emit radiation which falls into the visible light range on the electromagnetic spectrum.

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