Stephen Hawking will apparently be retiring at the close of this academic year. I didn’t realize that Prof. Hawking is older (by a smidge) than my father. He’s always seemed to me to be one of those great bastions of science that’s always been there and will always be there. But the long count of days marches ever on, I suppose, and all things must pass in time.
I credit Hawking and Carl Sagan for my interest in astronomy and cosmology. Them and my father, who saw how bored I was in school at age 15 and handed me copies of Cosmos and a couple of Hawking’s books to read. Hm. Perhaps A Brief History of Time is due for a re-read.