Against all odds Stephen Hawking celebrates his 75th birthday.
An amazing man. He is one of the world's most accomplished people. And, yet, there's clearly no slowing down for professor Hawking as he defies doctors and continues to do the things he is best known for.
Doctors gave him between 2 years to half a decade to live—he has lived five decades.The acclaimed physicist has continually defied medical odds after being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) 50 years ago. A condition which normally has a life-expectancy of 5-10 years.
Fans honour the great man. Social media users have been paying their respects to the Cambridge University professor, with numerous fans and charities posting heartfelt well-wishes.
Iconic birthday mates. Interestingly, Hawkins shares his birth date with the late David Bowie and Elvis Presley, plus Shirley Bassey.
Not that he has delayed marking the occasion, of course. Earlier this week he was spotted attending a 3pm showing of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story at the Light Cinema near his home in Cambridge.
Obviously enjoying himself, he watched the entire film, sitting in his wheelchair in the middle aisle. Incredible.
A lifetime of extraordinary brilliance. Professor Hawking, who is regarded as possibly the most famous scientist since Albert Einstein, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a form of motor neurone disease, in 1963 when he was just 21.
Happy Birthday Stephen Hawking. Your presence has made the world a more fascinating place. Pleasure to have you onboard.