Stephen Hawking at the lecture he gave for NASA's 50th anniversary, 2008.

1942 – 2018

However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.” 

Stephen Hawking grew up in a well-educated family and loved learning. At the age of 21, while studying for his PhD, he was diagnosed with a disease that weakens muscles and causes paralysis. However, Stephen didn’t let that stop him from finishing his studies, becoming a professor, doing ground-breaking work in physics and cosmology, writing several best-selling books, and earning numerous awards and honors.

Do you persevere even when it feels like the world is against you?

Photo: NASA/Paul E. Alers, Public domain