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Abstract Volume 23 (2018) pp 109-111

Stephen Hawking 1942–2018, An Obituary-Tribute

George B. Kauffman*

Department of Chemistry, California State University, Fresno, Fresno, CA 93740-8034,

Published: 13 June 2018

Abstract. Stephen William Hawking (1942–2018) died on March 14, 2018) (Albert Einstein’s birthday) at the age of 78 after years of fighting the incurable disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lew Gehrig’s disease). His earlier research transformed the understanding of Einstein’s theory of gravitation (general relativity). He later became a successful science popularizer, whose courage and determination in the face of his disability inspired millions.

Key Words: Chemistry and History; Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity; Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lew Gehrig’s Disease); Science Popularizer; Science Communicator; Disability; Public Figure

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