Stephen Hawking was science’s brightest star.

He was born on January 8th, 1942, exactly 300 years after the death of Galileo Galilei, the famous Italian astronomer.

Galileo Galilei was often referred to as ‘the father of observational astronomy,’ he was one of Stephen’s Hawking inspirations during his extraordinary career as a theoretical physicist and cosmologist.

Guinness World Record: His book, A Brief History of Time, set a World Record by staying on the Sunday Times best-seller list for 4.5 years. The concepts in the book like time, space, black holes, and the Big Bang are complex subjects for non-scientists to get. Hawking as a joke said “it the most-purchased and least-read, book in the history”. To make it easy for people to understand his concepts in 2005, he published a simpler version of the book called “A Briefer History of Time”.

In an ABC interview with Diane Sawyer, on the topic of the meaning of life, he said:

“One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning, and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.”

– Stephen Hawking

When he was asked “why the universe exists”, he wrote in his book, A Brief History of Time (1988).

“If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason—for then we would know the mind of God”. Hawking later explained he had used the word “God” figuratively and that he was an atheist.

– Stephen Hawking

In his book, the Grand Design (2010), he wrote:

“It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going”.

– Stephen Hawking

Dalai Lama loved Stephen Hawking’s sharp brain. Once a questioner asked His Holiness who he’d like to meet, he mentioned that he admires Stephen Hawking’s sharp brain and steadfastness in face of adversity.

When asked what his life purpose is, he said:

“My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all”

– Stephen Hawking