"I'm working on that."Born 8 January 1942 in Oxford, Stephen William Hawking, CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA, is a theoretical astrophysicist. In his time he has done world-recognized work on black holes, theoretical cosmology, and quantum gravity. The ability to do most of this work entirely in his head has led him to be generally recognized as the most brilliant scientist since Albert Einstein. The reason this is necessary is due to his having what is thought to be ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), or Lou Gehrig's disease, a degenerative neural disorder that has left him almost paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair, "speaking" through a specially-designed computer (the voice of which is also very well-known). (He is also rather famous for his affliction, as well: if it is ALS, it would be the most protracted case ever recorded — it hasn't progressed the way ALS normally does, which has stymied a definitive diagnosis.)Hawking is also quite famous for his sense of humor. He has appeared several times on The Simpsonsnote , Futurama and The Big Bang Theory As Himself, each time bordering on the line of Adam Westing. (And yes, that's him reciting one of the "Boom-de-yadas" in the Discovery Channel's "I Love The Whole World" promo.) Expys of him have appeared in form (Family Guy) and in Charlie and the Chocolate Parody form (Dexter's Laboratory). He appears as a character, but not on camera (perhaps he couldn't make the shoot fit his schedule, or just didn't like the show), in an episode of Stargate Atlantis. Finally, he's the only person to appear in any Star Trek series As Himself (obviously, as a holodeck recreation of himself). Hawking is also known to be a fan of Red Dwarf. He also appeared in The Fairly Oddparents, where he and Crocker knew each other from their days as college students. When Crocker gave Timmy an F because Timmy said 2+2=5, Hawking showed up and produced evidence Timmy was right. At the end of episode, Crocker claimed he reviewed Hawking's calculations and concluded 2 plus 2 was six.Hawking was at one point offered a knighthood, but turned it down in protest of the state of science education in Britain.He's got 12 inch rims on his chair, that's how he rolls, y'all. No, he actually does. You thought they were joking?Not to be confused with Stephen King.
— Stephen Hawking, on seeing the warp core when touring the Star Trek: The Next Generation set.