Professor Stephen Hawking was renowned for his achievements in theoretical physics. The British scientist, whose study focused mainly on gravity and black holes, forever altered humanity's understanding of the Universe after his discovery of Hawking radiation in 1974.
Hawking, however, was more than just a scientist. His determination, curiosity, passion, and humor were all part of what made Hawking a cultural icon.
Apart from being one of the greatest thinkers of our time, it was Hawking's humor that helped him bridge the gap between the scientific community and pop culture, and Hawking had a wicked sense of humor. These were a few of our favorite moments.
1. During a talk at the Sydney Opera House a young audience member asked Hawking about the “cosmological effect of Zayn Malik leaving One Direction."
Hawking was thrilled, saying "Finally, a question about something important."
2. Hawking's numerous TV appearances.
After he became disabled Hawking was determined to make the most of his life and appreciate what he did have.
It’s also important not to become angry, no matter how difficult life is, because you can lose all hope if you can’t laugh at yourself and at life in general.
In spite of his accomplishments Hawking never took himself too seriously, and he brightened a number of our favorite shows with playful cameos.
3. You're on your own with this one Theresa.
Following the Brexit vote Hawking was presented a lifetime achievement award by British Prime Minister Theresa May during Pride of Britain Awards in 2016. Hawking thanked May for her kind introduction, but let her know Brexit was her mess.
"I deal in tough mathematical questions every day, but please don’t ask me to help with Brexit."
4. Hawking "proved" time travel doesn't exist.
Part joke and part serious, Hawking once announced he was holding a party for time travelers. The catch? He wasn't going to announce when or where the party was was until it was over.
5. Hawking bot, transform!
Hawking often lent his celebrity to the U.K. charity Comic Relief during their Red Nose day event, and one year the cast of Little Britain learned the dangers of underestimating the professor.
6. Hawking's new voice.
Hawking used his trademark voice for years but during another skit for Comic Relief the professor decided it was time for a change, so he auditioned a number a new voices. Liam Neeson got our vote.
H/T - Indy100