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Stephen Hawking Speech (Chosen to give lecture)

We are very, very, small, but we are profoundly capable of very, very big things

Think about that statement. Because I’m going to come back on it.

Hello, my name is Jane from 6D and today I’m here with you to talk about, as you may have guessed from the previous slide, (turn slide to face of Stephen Hawking) Stephen Hawking. The reason I’m talking about Hawking is because of our topic, breaking stereotypes.

You’re probably wondering why Stephen Hawking has anything to do with breaking stereotypes. (Slide)

I wondered about that too. Before getting to have this amazing chance of being able to bore you all day long..I mean, being able to have this wonderful opportunity to speak with all of you, I didn’t know much about Steven Hawking.

Now, that I know, there are a lot of things I hadn’t thought about before.

(Slide) Our journey starts On the 8th of January, exactly 300 years after the death of Galileo Galilei, in Oxfordshire England. There, An Oxford graduate named Isobel Hawking gave birth to a little boy, named, Steven Hawking.

Hawking, from a very young age, was clever. It is actually stated he went to college in a place called Cambridge a few years earlier than most students, when he was a mere age of 17.

(Slide) Despite being smart, Hawking was lazy, and unwilling to commit his hard work into his major in Cambridge, Cosmology.

That was when tragedy struck. (Slide) One day, when he was 21, the mere age of 21, he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as motor neuron disease. Hawking said that he fell over, and had great difficulty getting back up again. He spent weeks at Barts hospital and had many tests. “They never told him what was wrong. None of the treatments worked. His doctor took one look at him and said, you’ll live for two years at the most, and then washed his hands off him.

Hawking fell into great despair. (Slide)There seemed no point working on getting his Phd, because he didn’t know if he would live long enough to finish it. Each day, his condition got worse. But one person named Jane Wilde helped him go through his pains. Having Wilde lifted his spirits. His condition slowed, and he began working hard again. He started appreciating everything he had, and began trying his hardest to do his best in everything. Hawking once joked that his illness actually helped him get to do his hardest at everything.

(Slide) This was a man with great optimism, great determination, and the steel mindset of a true human.

This was a man with a lesser body but a greater heart and mind.

This was a man who realized that we need to carry on in order to live.

This was a man who never yielded.

When he had to eventually sit in a wheel chair did he yield to the world?


When he lost his voice forever because he followed a tracheotomy (tra-kee-o-to-my) and had to sit in a wheelchair and communicate through a device, did he give up?


Stephen Hawking was a great man because he was someone who worked extremely hard in spite of his physical disabilities to change our views of the universe with his astounding theories.

(Slide) Hawking popularized cosmology and worked on black holes and the theory of relativity. He researched for his whole life the basic laws of governing the universe. He tried his best to help everyone understand the ways of the universe.

Why is he different to the rest of the scientists?

He wasn’t racially attacked. He wasn’t a woman. He wasn’t poor.


But he broke the stereotype of how disabled scientists are out of the picture (?). He, by succeeding, told us that we don’t have to look the same in order to be a scientist. Hawking showed us that a scientist doesn’t have to be only a person who sits in a lab. He told us that, if we work for it, anything is possible.

Disabled students may find it harder to find a proper job, to live a normal life, to have friends. But Stephen Hawking broke all of the boundaries for that.

Now, I want you to think of the quote I said earlier. You probably won’t remember it, but it’s this:


“We are very, very small, but we are profoundly capable of very, very big things.”

That is certainly the case. If we work for it, we can do it. If we work for it, like Stephen Hawking did, with no boundaries blocking us, however big, small, young old we are, we can do it.

Remember this.

This is all for today. Thank you. (Slide)

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