Stephen Hawking’s Birthday: Today’s two-and-a-half-minute video doodle celebrates Stephen Hawking, one of the most influential scientific minds in history, English cosmologist, author and theoretical physicist. Released on the eve of Hawking’s 80th birthday, the video includes a description of the physicist’s own computer-generated voice outlining his work and drawing a message of hope for the future. Hawking’s voice was generated in the doodle, illustrated by Matthew Cruikshenk, and used with Hawking Estate approval.
From the collision of black holes to the Big Bang, Hawking’s theories on the origin of the universe and mechanics revolutionized modern physics while his best-selling books made the field widely accessible to millions of readers around the world.
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Stephen William Hawking was born on this day in 1942 in Oxford, England. Fascinated by the way the universe works from an early age, he was nicknamed “Einstein” because of his curiosity and intelligence. After being diagnosed with neurodegenerative disease at the age of 21, musician Richard Wagner’s music and the loving support of his future wife Jane Wilde led Hawking to dedicate himself to physics, mathematics, and cosmology.
In 1965, Hawking defended his doctoral thesis at the “Properties of Expanding Universities” at the University of Cambridge, which introduced the revolutionary theory that space and time originated from a single solitude, a point both infinitely small and dense, known today as the main characteristic. Black holes.
That year, Hawking was accepted as a research fellow at Gonville and Cayes College in Cambridge – the academic home for his lifelong research. Hawking’s passion for black holes led him to discover in 1974 that particles could escape from black holes. This theory, representing Hawking radiation, is considered one of his most important contributions to physics.
In 1979, Hawking’s groundbreaking work on a black hole led Cambridge to appoint him as Lucasian professor of mathematics, hired by Isaac Newton in 1669. Hawking’s doctoral thesis was released to the public in 2017 on the Cambridge University website, which crashed. Huge amount of traffic.
Here’s what Hawking’s daughter Lucy and sons, Robert and Tim Hawking, reflect on their father’s life, legacy and today’s doodles:
We’re glad Google chose to celebrate our dad’s 80th birthday with this fabulous doodle. We think he would have liked the doodle and would have been so amused to see his long, special life so creatively expressed in such a brief history, two minutes of animation!
We also believe that it would have been important for him to show that he never allowed the challenges of his physical condition to limit his power of expression or that he never allowed his determination to influence the world in which he lived. We hope that his example inspires and gives hope globally to all who face great challenges in this difficult time. Our father would have turned 80 today and we thank everyone who participated in the celebration of his extraordinary life and the legacy he gave us all.
Here are Matthew Crickshank’s thoughts on creating this doodle:
Q. Why did this topic make sense to you personally?
A. The opportunity to celebrate Stephen Hawking’s birthday comes at a time when the value and importance of our planet is increasing day by day. We are a small miracle in the great scheme of things.
Q. What were your first thoughts when you were approached to work on this doodle?
A. I thought Stephen’s extraordinary quotes on life and the universe would make a wonderful short animated film. Animation is not just visual, its fundamentals are built on time and space, subjects that are perfectly aligned with cosmology.
Q. Have you been inspired by anything specifically for this doodle?
A. The evolution of computer graphics greatly influenced the visual approach during Stephen’s lifetime. From there, I introduced very basic 3D graphics where needed. I have nostalgia for the simple ZX spectrum games I grew up with!
Q. What message do you expect people to remove from your doodle?
A. Experiencing life with the energy, humor and optimism that Stephen did every day.