There is something about the passing of Professor Stephen Hawking that has touched a nerve.
Social media is awash in tributes, and the response to two posts about his passing on our own Facebook Page garnered a response that surprised everyone here.
What was it about him? His curiosity? His courage and dignity in the face of his physical challenges? Maybe it’s because he somehow felt like the World’s Dad…someone with the knowledge and wisdom and perspective – and always calm, and somehow soothing voicebox delivery; when Stephen Hawking talked about big things that we don’t understand, somehow it reminded us of the insignificance of our daily worries, and we felt like things would be OK.
After Stephen Hawking earned his Ph.D. at Cambridge in 1965, the celebrated theoretical physicist went on to do his finest work in roles throughout the university, including as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics between 1979 and 2009, a position once held by Sir Isaac Newton.
In the wake of his passing toiday, Cambridge University shared its tribute to Hawking featuring his remarks from his 75th birthday party last year.
If we follow his fatherly advice, maybe…just maybe, things will be OK…