Sunday, January 08, 2012

Hawking - "a wonderful time to be alive"

Prefessor Stephen Hawking, one of the most amazing human beings who has ever lived, and the most distinguished former pupil of my old school, St Albans School, marked his 70th birthday this weekend with a speech sent to a symposium at Cambridge University in which he said that it has been "A wonderful time to be alive."

Hawking spoke of his early life growing up in St Albans and gave the highlights of his scientific career. But his main message was to "be curious" and never give up, however difficult things might seem.

"Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet," he said.

"Try to make sense of what you see and about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. It matters that you don't just give up."

If there is anyone who should be an inspiration to all of us that however great the challenges you face you can and should always try to acheive something, it is Stephen Hawking.

1 comment:

Jim said...

Stephen Hawking is one of my greatest inspirations. He, of all people, shows how you can work around a disadvantage.

Regardless of the hand you have been dealt, You can make a difference. It takes courage, and determination. There comes a time where there is no laying the blame, just getting on and doing what is right, and what is good.

I think there are a number of people in westminster village who can learn a lot from such a great man.