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Why Stephen Hawking never won a Nobel Prize for his groundbreaking theory on black holes?

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 March 2018, 14:04 IST

The British physicist and black-hole theorist who passed away today is best-known for
the best-selling book "A Brief History of Time" has never won a Nobel Prize for his remarkable work.

Even though he discovered 'Black Holes can die', he was never acknowledged for it. Why was it so?

He redefined cosmology by proposing that black holes emit radiation and later evaporate. He even showed that universe which was believed to be limitless had a  beginning. He showed how Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity breaks down when space and time are traced back to the Big Bang.

Black Holes

Black holes are formed when a massive star collapses under the weight of its own gravity. They devour everything in their path and may play a role in the birth of galaxies.

Physicists say these invisible cosmic vacuums might allow travel through time and space via "wormholes," a favorite of science-fiction writers. Hawking used Einstein's theory of relativity to find out the origin of time and space to a single point of infinite density.

This finding gave the mathematical expression to the Big Bang theory. Hawkins tried to quantum and relativity theory to prove the no-boundary principle.

However, it wasn't proved.

Early Life

Hawking was born exactly 300 years after the Italian physicist Galileo Galilei in Oxford, England, on Jan. 8, 1942.

While he was a doctoral candidate at Cambridge, Hawking was diagnosed with ALS, also known as motor neuron disease. He was told that he had only a few years to live but he proved it wrong and lived for five decades.

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First published: 14 March 2018, 14:04 IST