Happy 65th Birthday to Stephen Hawking

He was stricken by a motor nurone disease when he was 21, and was only expected to live another year or two. On January 8th, Stephen Hawkings celebrates his 65th birthday. Despite his extreme disabilities, he is acknowledged to be one of the greatest scientists of this age. Now he is planning a space trip, and he has my every good thought and wish. Each time I read of his accomplishments, I am struck by his exceptional intelligence and his incredible will, sheer grit and fortitude. Along with the rest of the world, I applaud him today and wish him a very happy birthday.

Stephen HawkingStephen Hawking is 65 today. He was struck down by motor neurone disease when he was 21 and given a year or two to live.

From The Guardian

Stephen Hawking can only communicate by a twitch in his right cheek, yet his attempt to explain the universe to ordinary people has made him the world’s most famous living scientist. His 1988 book, A Brief History of Time, clung to the bestseller lists for 237 weeks. It sold one copy for every 750 people on earth – even if they didn’t all read it – and earned him cameos in cult shows such as the Simpsons and Star Trek. In a rare interview he talks to Emma Brockes about disability, why women can’t read maps and thinking in 11 dimensions

Prof Stephen Hawking is planning a space flight. The world’s best-known scientist, who is 65 today, told The Daily Telegraph: “This year I’m planning a zero-gravity flight and to go into space in 2009.”

A zero gravity flight is what astronauts call the “vomit comet”, in which an aeroplane flies in such a way that people inside are temporarily weightless. Remainder of article here.

17 thoughts on “Happy 65th Birthday to Stephen Hawking

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  2. Robert Cremeans, creator and president of the The Ivyland Foundation for historic and architectural preservation. currently applying to the state of pennsylvania for status as a 501c3 educational non profit corporation

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  3. Hmmm,wish I could type as fast as I can think.I need help and have little time. I must save one of our national treasures and I have enlisted a very good group of helpers some of which are probably the very best at what they do, ” bar none” in my world. yet none that are capable of swaying a banks choice in terms or conditions for loans that they are willing to approve.
    I have only days to complete a promise of hope and preservation and must pray god that mister Hawking get this message in a timely fashion and let me show how one person can truly do a WORLD of good

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  5. Jana McVay

    Her name is Sue Thomas! I just googled her and, alas, there is no video clip but there is quite a bit of information about her!
    Also, she appeared on the Gaither recording titled, A Christmas Homecoming. It is just AMAZING her being able to “sing” the song!!

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  6. Jana McVay

    It was a Gaither Christmas dvd I saw at my in-laws. I can’t remember her name but I was bawling when she started singing!!! Everyone of the “stars” of Southern Gospel music that were present for the recording were weeping as well!!!

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  7. Jana

    How inspiring to see someone with such difficulties in communication accomplish so much! I just recently saw a video of a lady who was born deaf and some of the things she had done were mind-boggling. She had worked for the FBI as a lip reader and more importantly because her mother had such a love for music, this person with no ability to hear, learned to “Silent Night” based on the vibrations she had felt over and over as her mother sang carols. Unbelievable!!! Thank you, God, for helping those you created to achieve things far beyond comprehension!!!

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  8. Linda, the differences in people and their attitudes was always interesting when Jerry pastored. There were certain people who could be depended on to do their job—almost no matter what challenges were presented to them. Others, at the slightest sign of a cold or a slight fever or tiredness would call in, saying, “Just can’t do my job today.”

    Mr. Hawkings stands in sterling tribute to gumption and grit.

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  9. Very inspiring story! The accomplishments of those who make up their mind to do something in life is amazing! What is worse than being disabled in body, is being disabled in mind, causing a person to never reach their potential! These people live in the “fear of the unknown”, and the “I can’t” syndrome. God bless those who conquer their disability!

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  10. I thought the same thing as Maria when I saw his picture. It’s always inspiring to read about people who don’t let their disabilities hinder them from living productive lives. Thanks for sharing Stephen’s story.

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