Stephen Hawking’s 80th Birthday

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Stephen Hawking: One of history’s most influential scientific minds, cosmologist, author, and theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has been featured in Google Doodle on January 8, 2022, on his 80th birthday.

Google Doodle pays tribute to Stephen Hawking

Google pays tribute to Stephen Hawking on his birthday with animated video doodle on the Google’s Home page. The ’80th birthday’ Doodle video uses his ‘voice’ to narrate his life. Stephen Hawking’s 80th birthday is celebrated with a special Google DoodleGoogle has released a two-and-a-half-minute-long video. Professor Stephen Hawking is to be celebrated with a Google Doodle on Saturday, to mark what would have been his 80th birthday.

From colliding black holes to the Big Bang, his theories on the origins and mechanics of the universe revolutionized modern physics while his best-selling books made the field widely accessible to millions of readers worldwide.

Note: In the Doodle, the voice of Stephen Hawking was generated and used with the approval of the Hawking estate.

“We are delighted that Google has chosen to celebrate our father’s 80th birthday with this fabulous Doodle,”

Hawking’s children Lucy, Robert & Tim
Google Doodle Stephen Hawking – Greatest Scientist

Who is Stephen Hawkings? Why Google is Celebrating with Doodle?

Stephen William Hawking was born on this day in 1942 in Oxford, England. Fascinated by how the universe functioned from a young age, his curiosity and intellect earned him the nickname “Einstein.” Following a diagnosis with a neurodegenerative disease at 21, the music of composer Richard Wagner and the loving support of his future wife Jane Wilde motivated Hawking to dedicate himself to physics, math, and cosmology.  

In 1965, Hawking defended his doctoral thesis at the University of Cambridge, “Properties of Expanding Universes,” which presented the revolutionary theory that space and time originated from a singularity, a point both infinitely small and dense, best known today as the key characteristic of black holes. That year, Hawking was accepted as a research fellow at Cambridge’s Gonville and Caius College—his academic home for a lifetime of research. Hawking’s obsession with black holes led to his 1974 discovery that particles could escape black holes. This theory, coined Hawking radiation, is widely considered his most important contribution to physics. 

In 1979, Hawking’s groundbreaking work on black holes prompted Cambridge to appoint him as the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, a position held by Isaac Newton in 1669. Hawking’s doctoral thesis was released to the public in 2017 on a University of Cambridge website, which crashed due to enormous amounts of traffic.

Here’s to an innovator whose astronomical impact changed how the world understands the universe!

Special thanks to the family of Stephen Hawking for their partnership on this project. Below, his daughter Lucy and sons, Robert and Tim Hawking reflect on their father’s life, legacy, and today’s Doodle

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