Science is something that all of us have learned about. Some people love it and some people hate it. There are people who have spend their whole lives trying to find answers to the limitless amount of questions science hands us. But, today I will be talking about only one of many scientists that have committed their entire life to find “the theory of everything”(Tesar, Jenny, and Bobby Bunch). And that incredible person is Stephen Hawking. Stephen Hawking was born January 8th, 1942, in Oxford England, making him 75 right now. In 1963 Stephen Hawking met his wife, Jane Wilde, at a new years party. They married two years later and now have three children. Robert Hawking was born 1967, Lucy Hawking was born three years later and Timothy was born 1979 (Biography.com Editors). After high school, Stephen Hawking started to show the effects of his disease. After a while, he was incapable of walking and because of a tracheostomy, he lost his ability to talk. He soon was incapable of moving. He was in the middle of writing one of his books, with no way to write or communicate he wrote his book by blinking. It is incredible how he defied ALS and proved doctors wrong by staying alive for 32 years despite his horrible disease (Joplin). Even though he has faced terrible problems, Stephen Hawking has become a big part of a “New Scientific Era”. The end goal of Stephen Hawking’s career has been and still is to discover the theory of everything. That is such a “unified theory”, and Hawking isn’t the only scientist who is trying to uncover the meaning of life. The four forces that make up “the theory of everything” are gravity, electromagnetism, and strong and weak nuclear forces. The theory would explain how the universe was formed and how it works(Tesar, Jenny, and Bobby Bunch). In 1974, Hawking’s discoveries turned him into a celebrity in the scientific world. When he showed that black holes weren’t what scientists actually thought they were. “In simple terms, Hawking demonstrated that matter, in the form of radiation, can escape the gravitational force of a collapsed star” (Biography.com Editors). Another young cosmologist, Roger Penrose, had discovered revolutionary facts about the fate of stars and the creation of black holes. Which added onto Stephen Hawking’s fascination with the universe and how it all began. The two actually started working together, they soon changed people’s perspective on black holes and the universe. Stephen Hawking was named a fellow of the Royal Society and after that received the esteemed Albert Einstein award at the age of 32. He was also a visiting professor at Gonville and Caius College in Cambridge.Stephen Hawking used to be a professor of mathematics at the University of Cambridge and author of A Brief History of Time(Biography.com Editors). The book quickly gained popularity and soon became an international sensation. A few other books he has written include A Briefer History of Time, an essay collection called Black Holes and Baby Universe and another book: The Universe in a Nutshell(About Stephen).Once again, even though Hawking’s was given two years to live he used that time as wisely, knowing that at any moment it could be the end of his scientific journey. Professor Hawking has over a dozen amazing degrees and is a member of the US National Academy of Science(About Stephen). That is an amazing achievement for any scientist, let alone a scientist that was given two years to live after his diagnosis. “Stephen Hawking is regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Einstein”(About Stephen).So now, let’s get to the most important part. Why is he a hero to me? Stephen Hawking’s life has been everything but easy. He has and still is struggling with multiple diseases, he is completely paralyzed and is now at the astonishing age of 75. He has overcome all of this and now has three amazing children, a wife and a career that changed the world. Even with his physical challenges Stephen Hawking has managed to get to a place that most scientists can only dream of. He has made groundbreaking discoveries. He continues to give speeches, with the help of a mind-reading computer that speaks for him, that inform people about his struggles and how he lives his day to day life. He has transformed the way scientists and ordinary people, like you and me, view the universe. He strives ALS and his inabilities to get in his way of changing the science world and also the normal world. His IQ makes him a genius, but Stephen Hawking is brilliant in ways beyond just his intelligence. He influences our day to day lives, because of his discoveries. What’s a hero to you? Someone who is strong, someone with superpowers? Well to me a hero is someone who dedicates his life to changing the way people think and someone who has gone through so much and still keeps fighting day to day. He inspires handicaps, other people struck my ALS and normal people with big dreams. Stephen Hawking is my hero because he keeps fighting through any obstacle no matter what.