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Old 10-05-2012, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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My son was fortunate enough to work with him and even had dinner at his house in Cambridge one evening. he had just gotten his Medal of Freedom Award and was passing it around for every body to hold. Son said he was in heaven --every time he turned around he recognized a world famous physicist and could barely take it all in. He was too embarrassed to ask to have his picture taken with him---not even for his mother!

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Old 10-06-2012, 09:57 PM
 
Location: Southern New Hampshire
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Great photo! I am jealous of your son -- what an amazing dinner that must have been.
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Old 10-07-2012, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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LOVE the photo! What an awesome experience that must have been for your son too!
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Old 10-07-2012, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Yes it was an amazing experience for him. he was studying at Cambridge and saw Stephen and one of his nurses in the cafeteria. He simply saw someone he has admired for years got up his nerve and walked over and introduced himself. the nurse asked him if he would like to sit down and of course he did. Then Stephen started talking to him, discovered DS was working on his PhD in theoretical physics and invited him to his home for a dinner party. Wonder how many people avoid someone with such a disability regardless of how famous he was? Apparently Stephen was so taken with DS he recommended him for a special project and he can now say he worked with Stephen Hawking. It was a dream come true for a young man who has known since he was 5 years old he wanted to study physics. I still have a first grade booklet he made titled "My Book of Grabty". Hey gravity is about grabbing isn't it.
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