Stephen William Hawking was an English theoretical physicist born on the 8th of January 1942 but passed on yesterday the 14th of March 2018 at the age of 76. Asides from being a world-renowned Physicist, he was also as a cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge.
Hawking was diagnosed with ALS around the age of 21 as he was beginning his Ph.D. program at Cambridge that confined him to a wheelchair, but that didn’t stop him from chasing his dreams and making breakthroughs in the world of science.
‘While there’s life, there is hope’
“At first I became depressed. I seemed to be getting worse pretty rapidly. There didn’t seem any point in working on my Ph.D. because I didn’t know I would live long enough to finish it,” Hawking said in a message for his 70th birthday celebration, as The Guardian reported in 2012.
Despite his worsening condition, getting engaged to his college sweetheart lifted his spirits. It made him realize, “if we were going to get married, I had to do a job and finish my Ph.D. I began to work hard and I enjoyed it.”
Hawking reiterated his appreciation for life at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2006. In response to a question about a paralyzed accident victim in Hong Kong, Hawking said the person should have the right to choose whether or not to continue living. “However bad life may seem,” he explained, “there is always something you can do, and succeed at.”
“While there’s life, there is hope,” Hawking added.
So no matter what you might be currently going through, be rest assured as long as there is life, there is so much you can achieve. If Hawking could do it despite his challenge then you can even do better.
Culled form CNBC