11 Stephen Hawking Quotes for His 71st Birthday
When Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at age 21, doctors thought he'd only survive a few more years. But the theoretical physicist defied the odds: Hawking turns 71 today. Here are 11 quotes from the Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at Cambridge and author of A Brief History of Time. Happy birthday, professor! 1. On His Schooling: "At school, I was never more than about halfway up the class. From the lecture "My Brief History," 2010. 2. "If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn't turn out well for the Native Americans. From Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking, 2010. 3. “I wouldn’t compare it to sex, but it lasts longer.” From a lecture at Arizona State University, April 2011. 4. "If you are disabled, it is probably not your fault, but it is no good blaming the world or expecting it to take pity on you. From "Handicapped People and Science," Science Digest 92, No. 9, September 1984. 5.