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Stephen Hawking

Courageous Advocate for Palestine

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Date of Birth:

1942

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Oxford, England

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Why Featured?

Intellectual Giant and Human Rights Supporter

Brief bio

Stephen Hawking, a world-renowned theoretical physicist and cosmologist, was not only a pioneer in scientific fields but also a notable supporter of Palestinian rights. Hawking, despite his battle with motor neurone disease, used his global stature to highlight political issues, including his public stance against Israeli policies.

Major Milestones

Contributions

  • Academic Brilliance: Graduated from Oxford and Cambridge, becoming Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge.

  • Scientific Breakthroughs: Developed theories on black holes and cosmology, profoundly impacting theoretical physics.

  • Global Recognition: Authored the best-selling book "A Brief History of Time," staying on the bestseller list for years.

  • Public Advocacy: Used his high-profile position to address global injustices and human rights.

  • Health Challenges: Battled motor neurone disease from the age of 21, using technology to communicate and continue his work.

  • Scientific Contributions: Revolutionized understanding of black holes and the universe’s origin.

  • Educational Impact: Inspired millions with accessible science publications and public lectures.

  • Advocacy for Science and Rationalism: Promoted scientific understanding and rational thought in public policy.

  • Support for Palestinian Rights: Publicly endorsed the academic boycott of Israel due to its policies towards Palestinians, significantly raising awareness about the occupation...See More

  • Humanitarian Efforts: Encouraged support for Palestinian students and educational initiatives, reflecting his commitment to academic freedom and support for oppressed communities (Palestine Chronicle) .

Date of Last Update: 
July 8, 2024

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