Hawking has a rare early-onset, slow-progressing form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) that has gradually paralysed him over the decades.   He now communicates using a single cheek muscle attached to a speech-generating device .
Stephen Hawking's Universe was a six-part astronomical documentary series featuring the theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. The series discussed the history of astronomy in addition to black holes and dark matter. The program included computer models of the theories, interviews with leading astronomers and scientists, as well as commentary from Hawking himself.
The DVD release of "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" has a picture of one of the wizards in the Leaky Cauldron reading "A Brief History of Time" while using magic to stir his coffee.Wiki info
Hawking achieved commercial success with several works of popular science in which he discusses his own theories and cosmology in general. His book A Brief History of Time appeared on the British Sunday Times best-seller list for a record-breaking 237 weeks. Hawking was a fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), a lifetime member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. In 2002, Hawking was ranked number 25 in the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons. Hawking had a rare early-onset slow-progressing form of motor neurone disease (also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis "ALS" or Lou Gehrig's disease) that gradually paralysed him over the decades. Even after the loss of his speech, he was still able to communicate through a speech-generating device, initially through use of a hand-held switch, and eventually by using a single cheek muscle. He died on 14 March 2018 at the age of 76.
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