8 януари 1942 – 14 март 2018
Hawking was conferred an honorary doctorate by Imperial College London in July 2017. Accepting the honor, he stated, “I have always felt a deep affinity with Imperial. It gives me great pleasure to accept this honor.”
In A Brief History of Time he wrote, “if we discover a complete theory, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason – for then we should know the mind of God.” And he further asked “What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe?” In this he echoed the statement of Srinivasan Ramanujan, when he said, “an equation has no meaning for me unless it expresses a thought of God”.