Google is celebrating Stephen Hawking’s 80th birthday with an animated doodle. Today’s Google Doodle features a 2.5-minute video that shows off the physicist’s own computer-generated voice.
The special video showcases Hawking’s contribution to the world as well as the life-threatening illness he was battling, neurodegenerative disease.
Hawking is one of the most recognized scientists of all time. He was popular for his knowledge of black holes, Big Bang, modern physics and much more. Hawking’s books made the field of modern physics accessible to the general public around the world.
Today’s Google Doodle
Google has also provided a small glimpse of Hawking’s life through a dedicated post. On clicking on the doodle, users will be directed to the post.
The Google Doodle is illustrated by artist Matthew Cruickshank, and the company has confirmed that Stephen Hawking’s voice is computer-generated. The tech giant also said that the doodle has been published with the approval of Hawking Estate.
Let us tell you that Stephen William Hawking was born in 1942 in Oxford, England. After defending his doctoral thesis at the University of Cambridge, “Properties of the Expanding Universe”, in 1965, Hawking began his career as a research fellow at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.
In 1974, he discovered that particles could escape from black holes. Later in 1979, Cambridge recognized Hawking’s work on black holes and appointed him as the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, a position held by Isaac Newton in 1669.
Hawking’s doctoral thesis was made accessible to the public in 2017 on the University of Cambridge website. Soon after, the website crashed due to high demand. He died in the year 2018 at the age of 76.
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