As part of our Disability History Month celebration, we will be featuring a trailblazer from Disability history each week. This week we focus on Stephen Hawking.
Stephen Hawking: recognised as one of the greatest scientist of our time.
At 21, Hawking was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease and given only two years to live. After a period of depression, Hawking decided to continue on with his studies,developing a reputation for brilliance.
Hawking’s book ‘A Brief History of Time’ broke all records when it stayed in the Sunday Time Best Sellers’ list for over four years after it was published.
He went on to be the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge (recognised as one of the most prestigious academic posts in the world) for over 30 years and still works for the university as the Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology.
Whenever he discusses his disability, he has stated he is a scientist first, popular science writer second, and, in all the ways that matter, a normal human being with the same desires, drives, dreams, and ambitions as the next person.
Check out the video below - it is a chance to challenge your own perceptions of what disability is and a way to celebrate the diversity of the disabled students' movement.