IPC Issues Statement on the Death of Stephen Hawking

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At the age of 76, legendary physicist Stephen Hawking passed away peacefully in his home on March 14, 2018. The British scientist had a rare form of motor neuron disease, leaving him in a wheelchair and only able to speak through his voice synthesizer.

Despite his diagnosis, Hawking made a significant impact on the world of science, as well as the Paralympic Games. In 2012, he was part of the opening ceremony for the Games giving the last words of wisdom to the athletes before the cauldron was lit.

Statement on Stephen Hawking from the IPC:

Following the passing of Stephen Hawking on Wednesday (14 March), Andrew Parsons, President of the International Paralympic Committee, issued the following statement:

“Professor Stephen Hawking was an extraordinary man and a pioneer for all people with an impairment around the world. He embodied the word ability more than anyone.

“In the Paralympic Movement we always say that Para athletes see challenges as opportunities to do things differently. Although not a Para athlete, Hawking did just that, finding innovative solutions to overcome his disability and continue his ground breaking work as a world-leading physicist.

“We are eternally grateful that he was involved in the London 2012 Paralympic Games and his words from the Opening Ceremony were truly magical.

“He said the Paralympic Games transform people’s perceptions of the world, and thanks to his inspirational work we know far more about the world that we live today.”

View the full 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony below:

Press release courtesy of International Paralympic Committee.

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Diana Pimer was a breaststroke/IMer at Keene State College and is the NEISDA Conference record holder in the 200 IM. She is currently an Age Group Coach at AGUA in New York City and has covered major competitions for Swimming World including the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, 2015 and 2017 FINA World Championships, USA Swimming Nationals and more.

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