Stephen Hawking


January 8th, 1942


Still living

Best known for

Exploring the nature of black holes


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The greatest challenge Stephen Hawking faced was…

His physical limitations caused by Lou Gehrig’s disease. Hawking didn’t just lose his ability to walk, he also lost his ability to speak and even feed himself.

He overcame that challenge by…

Adapting to each new obstacle the disease caused. He started by learning to move around in a wheelchair. Eventually he learned to speak again by using his cheek muscles to type words into a special computer that spoke for him.

Our favorite quotes by Stephen Hawking

“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”
“My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.”

Stephen Hawking’s 3 greatest achievements:

  1. He continued to research and study the universe, even through his terrible disease.
  2. He was named a Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge.
  3. His research has greatly expanded what we know about black holes today.

One thing we were surprised to learn about Stephen Hawking was that…

Although Hawking is British, the computer voice he uses has an American accent.  Even when the computer software company came out with a British accent voice, Stephen said he could never change the voice he had come to love as his own.

Three of Hawking’s personality traits.

  1. Resilient
  2. Curious
  3. Innovative

3 ways that I am just like him.

  1. I don’t give up on challenges. I adapt and work through them.
  2. Even the greatest difficulties in life could never stop my curiosity.
  3. I often wonder about black holes and the universe.


  1. Braden White says:

    1. Sometimes I feel like my brain works differently than other peoples.
    2. I am curious.
    3. I try to never give up.

  2. Ryan Kelbick says:

    1. When something bad happens to me I’m going to just worry about what I can do.
    2. I study.
    3. I want to keep learning the rest of my life.