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Stephen Hawking

On March 14, 2018, well known physicist Stephen Hawking died at 76 years old in his home in Cambridge, England. A force in not only the science world, he was also a pop cultural icon  as he made various appearances in movies and TV shows throughout his life. He is the only person in Star Trek history to play himself in an episode of the related Star Trek shows, and gave a time slot to a response that said that accordance to the theory of parallel universe, Zayn Malik never left One Direction.

In short:  there is no doubt that his science achievements are unparalleled and will be well remembered in history, but the humanistic side of him is trait that should also not be eliminated in remembering him. He had a long history of activism- he protested against the wars in Vietnam and Iraq, advocated for nuclear disarmament and critically opposed capitalism.

While the fact reminds that one of the main reasons he is as famous as he is due to his prevalence in continuing his research and life even when bound with ASL, disregarding not only his scientific contributions, determination, and humanistic ideals to foster and influence ethical views to the contributors of hard sciences. As an icon, and as a human being, he will be missed.

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“I have no idea [what his I.Q is] People who boast about their I.Q. are losers.”

— To The New York Times, December 2004

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