| New Delhi |
Updated: March 14, 2018 3:30 pm
The world will remember Stephen Hawking not just for his intellectual genius in physics, but also for his resilience to one of the most incapacitating diseases — amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The greatest mind of the century, Hawking passed away on March 14, 2018, at the age of 76 after a long struggle with the motor-neurone disease.
Known to reduce life expectancy to two-five years from the time the symptoms appear, ALS kills half the patients within 14 months of their diagnosis. However, Hawking who first developed the disease when he was 21-years-old, lived for over 50 years with it.
What is ALS?
It is a neurodegenerative…