Physicist and renowned scientist Stephen Hawking passed away today in England.
A giant in the world of science, Hawking is famous for his work in the area of black holes as well as space, time and the unifying theory.
He also crossed over from being a scientist working in hard-to-fathom concepts for many common folks to a household name, partly thanks to his 1988 book “A Brief History of Time.”
That book, written for people with no background or understanding of larger physics concepts, brought fame for Hawking and entered him into the general pop culture arena.
Appearances on TV shows and references to him in movies and songs became common.
So here are some of Hawking’s best appearances in pop culture that are available here at EPL.
“The Simpsons” – It’s been said that a celebrity isn’t really famous until they get a guest spot on the longest-running animated show of all time. Hawking appeared in Springfield four times, the first being back during season 10 in 1999 in the episode “They Saved Lisa’s Brain.”
“The Big Bang Theory” – The hit show featuring a group of physicists is a natural fit for the most famous in the field. Hawking appeared on the show seven times, first in season five.
“Star Trek: The Next Generation” – Hawking appeared in deep space with the starship Enterprise crew in the episode “Descent” in season six.
“Futurama” – Naturally, Hawking would live on well into the future on the show Futurama, where he voiced his own head, which had been preserved. He appeared in episodes on season two and again on season six.