By: Jordan Keller
On January 8, 1942, Stephen Hawking was born in the United Kingdom. He was diagnosed with ALS at the age of 21 and was not expected to see his 25 birthday. He died on March 14, at the age of 76. Throughout his life, Hawking devoted himself to his study of cosmology, general relativity, and quantum gravity. Perhaps his most famous discovery was that black holes can emit radiation and even explode, leaking particles into space. He also proposed the widely accepted version of the Big Bang Theory. These are but two of his many discoveries that have helped launch the scientific community to the place it is today. Stephen Hawking was one of the greatest scientific minds in history.