Stephen Hawking is one of the great minds the world has ever known. Born on January 8, 1942, Stephen Hawking passed away at the age of 76 last March 14, 2018 after succumbing to his disease which should have taken his life several decades ago. Hawking takes pride in the fact that his IQ is 280. He uses his smarts to delve deeper into the wonders of the universe and space. With his perseverance despite his debilitating condition, he is able to make a change in how we see the world. Right now, after his death, many Stephen Hawking tributes are popping out, which goes to prove that this man is one that many people look up to.

Known Works

As an author, Hawking is known for writing (or co-writing) a total of 15 noteworthy books. These bestsellers include:

  • A Brief History in Time
  • The Universe in a Nutshell
  • A Briefer History of Time
  • The Grand Design
  • The Large Scale Structure of Space-Time
  • General Relativity: An Einstein Centenary Survey
  • The Dreams That Stuff is Made Of
  • Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays

As a scientist, the legacy he left behind includes groundbreaking discoveries in the world of cosmology and physics. Here are some of the important works that Stephen Hawking is known for:

  • Bekenstein–Hawking formula
  • Blackhole thermodynamics
  • Hartle-Hawking state
  • Hawking radiation
  • Hawking energy
  • Gibbons–Hawking ansatz
  • Gibbons–Hawking effect
  • Gibbons–Hawking space
  • Gibbons–Hawking–York boundary term
  • Penrose–Hawking theorems
  • Thorne–Hawking–Preskill bet

Awards and Recognitions

For his many works, Hawking has received numerous awards and recognitions. He already has 13 honorary degrees. Some of the awards he received include:

  • Adams Prize (1966)
  • Heineman Prize (1976)
  • CBE (1982)
  • Wolf Foundation Prize (1988)
  • Companion of Honour (1989)
  • Prince of Asturias Award (1989)
  • Copley Medal (2006)Albert Medal (1999)
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom (2009)
  • Fundamental Physics Prize (2012)
  • The Fundamental Physics Prize (2013)
  • BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award (2015)

He is also a member of several organizations which include the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and US National Academy of Sciences.


Hawking is known for his unconventional belief in terms of religion. He is one of those people who believe that the universe is ultimately governed by the laws of science. He insists that religion only relies on authority while science relies on observation and reason, thus making science the better choice between the two.

In September 2014, Hawking officially declared himself an atheist.

Cameo Roles in Pop Culture

Stephen Hawking isn’t all too stiff, like most perceive of great scientists. A great proof of Hawking’s wackiness is his cameo roles in pop culture. Here are some of the unforgettable cameos of the said great mind:

  • Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • The Simpsons
  • The Voyage
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Futurama

Aside from cameo roles, he also had a hosting stint with Genius in 2016. This is a television series where Hawking challenges other people to think up solutions or logical reasoning for some of humanity’s most enduring questions.