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Stephen Hawkings has ALS

  • June 22, 2010
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Stephen Hawkings has ALS

Disease is no bar for Intelligent minds: Hawkings ALS story

Stephen Hawkings

Stephen William Hawking who once said “Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”, was born on 8 January 1942 in Oxford, England. With degrees like CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA Hawking is a British theoretical physicist, whose scientific career spans over 40 years. His books and public appearances have made him an academic celebrity and he is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a lifetime member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and in 2009 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.

About his Disease:

Almost as soon as he arrived at Cambridge, he started developing symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, known colloquially in the United States as Lou Gehrig’s disease), a type of motor neuron disease which would cost him almost all neuromuscular control. During his first two years at Cambridge, he did not distinguish himself, but, after the disease had stabilised and with the help of his doctoral tutor, Dennis William Sciama, he returned to working on his Ph.D.

Story of Jason Becker (Another inspiration living with ALS):

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  • Hi Medchrome,
    I finally managed to visit your blog page – was a problem with my computer i think…
    Interesting to find an article about ALS. My Father had it, and I recently wrote an article about it here:
    Hope you find it interesting!
    With love,

    • Thanks Ben… Its a sad story but there’s always an inspiration you can get. A great tribute to your hero.

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