Source: Pacific Science Center "Special Bulletin", April-June 1996

Dr. Stephen Hawking Visits Pacific Science Center

Stephen Hawking, world-renowned cosmologist and author of the best-selling book, A Brief History of Time, visited Pacific Science Center on April 14, 1996, to meet with a group of students with disabilities. Communicating through a computerized voice synthesizer, Dr. Hawking told the 30 students about how the disease ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, has overtaken his body but has not affected the acuity of his mind.

Ranging from third-graders to college-aged, the students were given the opportunity to ask Dr. Hawking questions, which he is often answered with a bit of humor. Dr. Hawking's success sends an encouragement to all young people; his visit served as a lesson in the power of will and importance of scientific exploration.