Stephen Hawking Lou Gehrig's Disease

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Trevor McAlister
Dr. Ward
Pre-AP English II
2 November 2014
Stephen Hawking "Cosmologist Stephen Hawking is regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Albert Einstein." (Stephen Hawking Biography). However, he is destined for death... Stephen Hawking is a cosmologist, physicist, and profound author who was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig 's disease or ALS. Even though he was diagnosed with a terminal disease, this did not stop Hawking from becoming one of the most recognizable icons in today’s times. If Hawking would have let this disease take him in the two and a half years that the doctors gave him to live, he wouldn 't have advanced the world of science with his ground-breaking
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The Hawkings lived in St. Albans and their house was a three-story house that was poor in furnishing. The Hawkings weren’t your traditional family, for they were described as “...an ‘eccentric’ bunch. Dinner was often eaten in silence, each of the Hawkings intently reading a book.” (Stephen William Hawking). Hawking’s father, the head of the Division of Parasitology at the National Institute of Medical Research, wished for young
Stephen to be involved in medicine. However, at a young age Stephen would spend the summer nights staring up at the stars. His mother was the first to notice his passion for the stars. “Stephen always had a sense of wonder… And I could see that the stars would draw him.” (Stephen William Hawking), said his mother. Hawking, age 17, decided to go to Oxford University, where he began to notice his body would trip up more than usual or his speech would start to struggle with speech. Stephen wanted to major in Mathematics, but Oxford didn’t offer a degree in mathematics, so he decided to become a student at Cambridge University. He ended up with a Ph.D. in cosmology, but it was Cambridge where Hawking was notified of his death
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Hawking worked on many of things in the scientific world such as the original structure of the universe, the Big Bang, and theories on black holes have changed science forever. Hawking had also invented a unique wheelchair to help battle his illness. His wheelchair allowed him to type what he wanted to say with his hand, the only part of his body that isn 't completely paralyzed, and it would say what he typed aloud. Stephen has become dependant on his voice automated wheelchair. This invention still allows him to have oral communication, write books, and jot down notes or findings while researching. Hawking had been able to defy the odd of what thought possible with such a life threatening disease. Eve his own troublesome home life couldn’t get the best of

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