posted on Dec, 14 2011 @ 10:58 AM
Stephen Hawking is very real. He's also not considered by his peers in the physics community to be all that special in his field. His theories,
which were thought to be revolutionary when he first came up with them, have since been shown to have some problems and mostly have been surpassed by
the work of other physicists. He has still done some very important work, but he's not the be-all-end-all of science people even in his own time,
much less in history. The reason he is so famous is partly because of his personal story (he's not a vegetable, his mind is still fine, just his
body is a mess from ALS), because when he first got famous his theories WERE still at the forefront of his field and, most importantly, because he
wrote a very good book explaining all of the stuff going on in his field at the time for the general public ("A Brief History of Time").