This weekend, Google will launch a Doodle celebrating what would have been Stephen Hawking’s eightieth birthday. The two and a half minute-long video will go reside in the US at midnight ET tonight (9pm PT) and includes a narration in the physicist’s personal computer-generated voice (created and used with permission from his property) outlining his work and portray a message of hope for the future.
Hawking’s digital voice was certainly one of the most recognizable traits of the late physicist, who used it to talk after shedding his voice resulting from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Though extra superior synthetic voices had been developed over the course of his lifetime, the physicist continued to use the original voice with its American accent after having grown connected to it via years of use.
The scientist’s kids welcomed Google’s Doodle. “He would have discovered it essential to point out that he by no means allowed the challenges of his bodily situation to restrict his energy of expression nor his dedication to make an impression on the world in which he lived,” Hawking’s kids Lucy, Robert, and Tim Hawking stated in a press release. “We hope that his instance presents inspiration and hope globally to all who face nice challenges at this troublesome time.”
Stephen Hawking handed away in 2018, at the age of 76, after residing with ALS for over half a century. The Doodle was illustrated by Google artwork director Matthew Cruickshank.