Mensch Measure Honoring Stephen Hawking Unanimously Approved by Senate


Harrisburg – A measure sponsored by Sen. Bob Mensch (R-24) to honor the life and accomplishments of physicist Stephen Hawking was unanimously adopted Tuesday by the Senate.

Senate Resolution 286 recognizes the cosmologist and author as “one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists in history.” Stephen Hawking passed away March 14 in Cambridge, England.

Mensch noted that in 1963, just before his 21st birthday, Dr. Hawking was diagnosed with a motor neuron disease commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease or ALS.

“Given two years to live, he defied the odds, not only attaining his Ph.D. but also forging new roads into the understanding of the universe in the decades since,” he said.

Dr. Hawking continued as a fellow at Cambridge University after his graduation and in 1979 was appointed the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University, a post once held by Sir Isaac Newton.

“While ALS robbed him of his mobility and speech, over the course of his career, his work on the origins and structure of the universe, from the Big Bang to black holes, revolutionized the field,” said Mensch.

In 1988, Dr. Hawking published his book, A Brief History of Time, which has sold more than 10 million copies. His other best-selling books have spread knowledge and insight to many readers who may not have his scientific background.

“As such, Stephen Hawking became an emblem of human determination and curiosity,” said Mensch. “Therefore I ask that the Senate honor the life and accomplishments of this great man.”

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