According to reports,Stephen Hawking
, one of the world’s most renowned scientists, has been hospitalized.
The 67-year old Hawking has ALS, a motor neuron disease that is also known as Lou Gerhig’s Disease.
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Hawking may be the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge (a position once held by
), the author of the best sellingA Brief History of Time
, and know all about black holes and universes and such, but I prefer to think of him as Stephen Hawking: voice actor.
Hawking is of course unable to speak on his own: He uses a synthesizer with an American accent (he’s a Brit).
Hawking is also a part of pop culture. He’s appeared as himself on both the animated TV shows “Futurama” and “The Simpsons.” The guy’s a genius, and he’s got a sense of humor too!
He also appeared as himself on an episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” He was part of a holodeck-created poker game with Data,Albert Einstein
, and the aforementioned Newton.Hawking won the hand.
Einstein thought he was bluffing.
In all seriousness, though, I hope Hawking can pull through his latest illness. He’s an inspiration to people (and people with disabilities) everywhere.
| Eric Winkler, email@example.com