Stephen Hawking: I was lazy and had bad handwriting
“I wasn’t the best student – I was lazy and had bad handwriting!”
Watch this heartwarming video by Professor Stephen Hawking sharing an wonderful insight into the teacher that changed his life – Mr Tahta.
“Many teachers were boring, Not Mr. Tahta. His lessons were lively and exciting. Everything could be debated.” He mentions that he and Tahta built his first computer together, made with electromechanical switches.
“Thanks to Mr. Tahta, I became a professor of mathematics at Cambridge, in a position once held by Isaac Newton,” Hawking says. “When each of us thinks about what we can do in life, chances are, we can do it because of a teacher.”
The inspiring video is part of the Varkey Foundation’s effort to recognise exceptional teachers from around the globe through its annual Global Teacher Prize.