Even if you’re not into science there’s a big chance you’ve heard about Professor Stephen Hawking. The English theoretical physicist, cosmologist and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge is probably one of the most known scientist of the era.
If you see his resume you will probably understand why Professor Hawking is so well known for his work. Just to give you an example: he was the first to set forth a theory of cosmology explained by a union of general theory of relativy and quantum mechanics. In simple words: Professor Hawking’s discovers things about the Universe and mostly about Black Holes with science.
Almost just as long as Hawking’s resume is the list of honours. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a lifetime member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is the highest civilian award in the United States. And this is not even it, the list goes on and on. But there’s one award that is missing… You’ve probably guessed it already, Professor Hawking never got a Nobel Prize.
One of Hawking’s most important discoveries is called the Hawking Radiations and dates back to 1974. This states that black holes are not completely black after all. Hawking said that particles could rob black holes of their energy making them disappear at a minuscule rate as they release everything they had once swallowed in a trickle of dust.
Even though many scientists say this is a ground breaking theory, Hawking has not been nominated for a Nobel Prize yet. Why? The Nobel Prize doesn’t go to theories, but to discoveries. The Hawking Radiation has been impossible to prove as the black holes are too difficult to detect from thousands of light years away.
An unprovable theory or not, this weeks Nobel Prize will be given to Professor Stephen Hawking. His outstanding work that makes him one of the greatest scientist to date daily inspired many people all over the world. Hawking is also a big inspiration for people with ALS and shows everyone that a disease is never an excuse for not to reach your goals.
Do you want to learn more about Stephen Hawking? In 2014 ‘The Theory of Everything’ was released, a movie based on the book ‘Travelling to infinity: My Life with Stephen’ by Jane Wilde Hawking.