The two men watched in amiable silence from one of the ornate windows of Trinity Hall. Down in the grounds, students were spreading blankets and setting cameras on tripods as they got ready to witness and capture the oncoming meteor shower.
‘I’d give almost anything to be in one of those blankets,’ the frail man on the wheel chair mumbled. ‘I wish I had become a photographer. Not that it’d have helped now, would it?’
‘Why do you say that? A man of your IQ would be wasted behind a camera.’
Stephen Hawking smiled, his facial nerves twitching, ‘People who boast about their IQ are losers.’
R.I.P. Professor Stephen Hawking
This is a piece of fiction that may or may not have happened in real life. But the last quote is by the great man himself. I have read his ‘A Brief History of Time’ and ‘Black Holes and Baby Universes’ and have tremendously enjoyed doing so. A man who achieved despite his limitations, Professor Hawking is an inspiration to everyone.