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Discovery today reported that Stephen Hawkig, one of the pioneers of physics, who turns 70 on Sunday is hiring! Hawking relies heavily on technology to live and work. The British cosmologist and author is nearly paralyzed by the incurable motor neuron disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. He lost his voice in 1985 after an emergency tracheotomy.
Hawking's site put out an ad to hire an assistant to help develop and maintain the electronic speech system that allows him to communicate his vision of the universe.
The informal job ad posted on Hawking's website said the assistant should be computer literate, ready to travel, and able to repair electronic devices "with no instruction manual or technical support".
The ad has since been removed from Hawking's website and replaced with a note stating that the “post of Technical Assistant to Stephen Hawking will be advertised officially in due course” on the University of Cambridge’s Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics website.
The informal ad said the job pays about $38,500 a year which sounds a little less actually, nevertheless Stephen Hawking is awesome cool!
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