Asteroid 7672, Hawking, was discovered on October 24, 1995 at the Klet Observatory at Klet, Czech Republic. The observatory gets the credit for asteroid Hawking's discovery. It has a period of 3 years, 139 days.

It was named after famed British mathematician and theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking (born 1942). His research on cosmology and quantum gravitation theory is renowned, as well as on the physics of black holes. Besides his scientific work, he is also the author of the well-known popular science books A Brief History of Time and Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays. He has had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease) for decades and has been confined to a wheelchair, barely able to move and unable to speak without electronic assistance, for some time, which may have aided his rise to celebrity status.

Stephen Hawking

The meaning of asteroid Hawking seems to be: on the sidelines, "a bill of goods" (Damien Foor), contributing despite handicaps, abuse,thought without action, wasting away, unphysical intellect, compensating.

The glyph for Hawking is mine.

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