Stephen Hawking

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Stephen Hawking, born January 8 1942, is one of the leading theoretical physicists in the world. He has been compared to Isaac Newton by some observers.

His principal areas of research are cosmology and quantum gravity. One of his major contributions to the field of research were his papers on the relationship between black holes and thermodynamics. His research indicated that black holes do not exist forever, but rather that virtual particle pairs created near their event horizons cause them to "evaporate" over time.

In spite of being severely disabled by ALS, he is highly active in physics, writing, and public life.

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