Scientist Stephen Hawking pays tribute to Armenian teacher who inspired his early steps
Scientist Stephen Hawking pays tribute to Armenian teacher who inspired his early steps –
Panarmenian – Scientist Stephen Hawking has paid tribute to the teacher who inspired his early steps into scholarship, BBC News reports.
He says Dikran Tahta at St Albans School opened his eyes to maths, which he describes as the “blueprint of the universe.”
“My handwriting was bad, and I could be lazy. Many teachers were boring. Not Mr Tahta,” said the physicist.
Prof Hawking was speaking ahead of this weekend’s award of the Global Teacher Prize.
The award-winning scientist has recorded a video commending his teacher, who died in 2006, BBC says.
“His classes were lively and exciting. Everything could be debated. Together we built my first computer, it was made with electro-mechanical switches,” said Prof Hawking.
“Thanks to Mr Tahta, I became a professor of mathematics at Cambridge, a position once held by Isaac Newton.”
Prof Hawking said that “behind every exceptional person, there is an exceptional teacher.”
His video message comes ahead of the announcement of the winner of the Global Teacher Prize, with a prize of $1 million.