By any measure, Stephen Hawking's life was incredible, even more so, because in the 1960s, he was diagnosed with ALS, or motor neuron disease, and given just a few years to live. This rare form of motor neuron disease left him virtually paralyzed, unable to express his profound vision of humanity and science without a voice synthesizer.
無論怎麼看，史蒂芬‧霍金的一生都令人難以置信，一切還更令人驚訝，因為在 1960 年代，他被診斷出患有漸凍症，也就是運動神經元疾病，且被判只剩幾年可活。這種罕見型態的運動神經元疾病讓他幾乎全癱，沒有語音合成器的話，他就無法表達他對人類及科學的遠見。
At one point, I thought I would see the end of physics as we know it, but now I think the wonder of discovery will continue long after I am gone.
But this was never a man bound by his own physical limitations. He reveled in a zero-gravity flight, freeing him, he said, from the confines of his wheelchair. He also wrote a series of children's books about space with his daughter, Lucy. He had two other children and three grandchildren.
For more than three decades, he was a professor at Cambridge University's Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics specializing in the study of black holes and revered as a member of the academic elite. But Professor Hawking also did much to popularize science, playing himself in Star Trek...and The Simpsons. In 2014, his life and romance with wife Jane Wilde was depicted on the big screen in the acclaimed film, The Theory of Everything.
超過三十年來，霍金任職劍橋大學應用數學及理論物理學系教授，專攻黑洞研究，且被尊為學術界菁英的一員。不過霍金教授在推動科學普及上也付出許多，他在《星際爭霸戰》中扮演自己...還有《辛普森家庭》。在 2014 年，他和老婆珍‧王爾德的生活與愛情故事，以備受讚譽的電影《愛的萬物論》搬到大螢幕上。
So the universe, getting smaller and smaller, getting denser and denser, hotter and hotter...
You mean wind back the clock?
Yeah, exactly, wind back the clock.
Hawking consulted on the bio-drama, which earned five Academy Award nominations and a Best Actor win for Eddie Redmayne for his portrayal of the physicist. Hawking's most famous work, A Brief History of Time, remains one of the best-selling science books ever written. And he was deeply concerned with humanity's survival.
I see great danger for the human race. There have been a number of times in the past when its survival has been a question of touch and go. The frequency of such occasions is likely to increase in the future. We shall need great care and judgment to negotiate them all successfully. But I'm an optimist. If we can avoid disaster for the next two centuries, our species should be safe, as we spread into space.
He was, as ever, looking firmly to the future.