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Dear Professor Hawking: A Eulogy to My Childhood Hero

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Dear Professor Hawking,

Today you leave us, on your way to your next grand adventure. Our gaze forever trained on the horizon, as we hope to catch a glimpse of you flitting amongst the stars.
Being a giant in your field, never stopped you from having compassion and kindness for those who needed it.
A warm and gentle disposition, coupled with an intellect and brilliance that awed the world, your loss is devastating.
Your dry sense of humour and your wit, never failed to light up any room that you were in.
Though you were weighed down by adversity, you triumphed over it all. You taught the world what it meant to embody the power of the human spirit.
Though your time here with us was but a brief history of time, you will forever be remembered as the genius, the legend, the man.
As father, as husband, as teacher, as friend, as mentor, you gave a piece of you to all who came to know you.
You inspired a legion of thinkers; you the giant whose shoulders they stood on.
Today as we mourn the loss of a great mind and a greater man, we celebrate him as well.
We celebrate the gifts that he gave the world; a life dedicated to bettering the human race by understanding the mysteries of the universe.
But most importantly, we will forever remember him as a hero; someone who showed us that life can be what you make it out to be.
And what better way to end a eulogy to this wonderful man than with his own words,
“One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away” – Interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, June 2010

 


Renowned Physicist Professor Stephen Hawking, aged 76, passed away peacefully in his home at Cambridge on Wednesday.

He was born on 8 January 1942.

Served as the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge from the year 1979. 

Was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 1963, when he was 21 years old. 

Published his book, A Brief History of Time, in 1988 which then made him a household name.