USYD Students on Stephen Hawking
WEDNESDAY 14th March, marked the death of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, who was known in equal parts for his ground breaking Brief History of Time, unparalleled contribution to the field of science, and inspirational defiance of his disability in the pursuit of success.
With an IQ that boasted unprecedented digits, the best-selling author, and Cambridge University graduate, passed away at 76, after a lifelong battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
Diagnosed with ALS at 21, Hawking was given two years to live, and consistently defied medical science as he continued to work decades after.
As one of science’s brightest stars, equipped with a body that dismissed the boundaries of his wheel chair to serve a mind that roamed the cosmos, we asked Science Students what they thought of Stephen Hawking.
DANA KING, BACHELOR OF AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING
“He was just pretty impressive. Like his name is in the same bag as Albert Einstein and Curie and such. Our generations genius”
ASH WACHMAN, BACHELOR OF ADVANCED SCIENCE [PHYSICS]
“He was a bug ol’ nugget in both his field and he wrote some good stuff for the public. His universe in a nutshell book was both a good fun book and a useful reference for me in terms of explanations of complex ideas broken into pieces’ non-science people can understand. He was certainly not perfect but he was a huge asset to the physics and cosmology community”
SOPHIE MCGREGOR, BACHELOR OF MEDICAL SCIENCE
“I was literally just talking to a friend about this. She was talking to a guy in bumble and he was like sad about it”
WILL CLARKE, BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (ADVANCED MATHEMATICS)
Stephen Hawking’s legacy is so much more than his contribution to science and mathematics. He was an absolute legend.
DEBORAH LIN, BACHELOR OF MEDICAL SCIENCE
“His name is synonymous with the other Greats in science.”