Stephen Hawking was a theoretical physicist who had 13 degrees and is known for his contributions in cosmology, general relativity and quantum mechanics. He had a theory of relativity which said that space and time begin in the big bang, but end in black holes that emit radiation (now known as Hawking radiation). He was eventually diagnosed with ALS; an incurable neuromuscular disease, yet he continued to work despite his condition progressing and disabling him. Stephen Hawking was a great leader because he was ambitious, curious, and motivated. Once he learned of his condition, his ambition grew even bigger as he put all his energy into his PhDs and research. His curiosity helped him achieve what he has, since he was interested in the universe and how it even exists. He was motivated even when he found out he had an incurable degenerative disease. Overall, he is a leader because of his contributions in cosmology,as well as his perseverance throughout his condition. He may not have been a leader inthe sense of having followers, but he surely was an inspiration to many, and led in ways that enabled people by pushing through his condition.
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- Stephen Hawking, Thabo Mbeki, Frederik Willem de Klerk