Today is the 78th birth anniversary of the legendary scientist Stephen Hawking who was a theoretical physicist and cosmologist whose work has changed the face of science forever. Professor Hawking is perhaps best known for his work with black holes, first predicted by Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity. The physicist who lived with the motor neurone disease for 50 years of his life passed away at the age of 76 on March 14, the day which happens to be the birth anniversary of another celebrated physicist, Albert Einstein.

On Dr. Hawking’s birth anniversary, Here are some little-known facts about him that reflect the ups and downs of the amazing life that he led.

1. Born on Galileo’s death anniversary –

Stephen Hawking was born on Galileo’s death anniversary and passed away on Einstein’s birth date.

2. Mediocre student –

It’s tough to believe but Stephen Hawking, the man who changed our views about the black hole and the universe at large, did not get very good marks in school.

3. Disliked biology –

According to some reports, Hawking’s father wanted him to study medicine but he was always more inclined towards Mathematics.

4. Friends nicknamed him, ‘Einstein‘ –

When he was a teenager, Stephen Hawking and his friends built a computer out of old clock parts, telephone switchboards and other recycled items. His friends nicknamed him, ‘Einstein‘!

5. Member of Oxford’s rowing team –

Stephen got into Oxford at the age of 17, on full scholarship. He joined the rowing team of the college because he initially felt lonely there. He quit after he was diagnosed with the rare Lou Gehrig’s disease when he was just 21…Read more>>