Some milestones in British physicist Stephen Hawking’s life:
_ In 1979, Hawking is named the Lucasian professor of mathematics at Cambridge, a post previously held by Sir Isaac Newton.
_ During a 1985 trip to CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research near Geneva, Hawking catches pneumonia. He requires a tracheotomy and loses the ability to speak. He soon begins using a computer and voice synthesizer.
_ Hawking’s “A Brief History of Time” is published in 1988. The book sells more than 10 million copies.
_ In 1999, Hawking makes the first of several guest appearances on “The Simpsons.”
_ Hawking takes a zero-gravity flight in 2007, the first time he is free of his wheelchair in 40 years.
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