Hawking effect: Preethi Srinivasan, Sudha Chandran shine among differently abled 'specialists'

As physicist Stephen Hawking passed away on Wednesday, Wion pays tribute to some heroes, both in India and abroad, who overcame disability, disease and other physical challenges to emerge as winners against all odds.

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking suffered lateral sclerosis and was confined to a high-technology wheelchair equipped with all kinds of aids to make the patient as comfortable as possible.


John Forbes

John, a famous American number-cruncher, won the Nobel Prize in 1994. He suffered from chronic schizophrenia. He put forth the "Nash-Equilibrium" theory.


Preethi Srinivasan

Preethi was the captain of under-19 women's cricket team who was paralysed after a swimming accident. She is a leading activist for differently-abled women.


Thomas Alva Edison

Edison, known as America's greatest inventor, invented the phonograph, movie camera and the light bulb. The illness left him deaf in both ears.


Sudha Chandran

Classical dancer Sudha's leg was amputated. She continued to dance with an artificial limb after she got prosthetic "Jaipur foot" at 16 years of age.

She is a popular actress in the TV and Film industry, and also performed Bharatnatyam all over the world.


Ludwig Van Beethoven

Beethoven, a famous German composer, lost his hearing at the age of 31. He could no longer play in concerts. The "Moonlight Sonatas" are among his famous works.


Arunima Sinha

Arunima, a former national level volleyball player, was pushed from a running train in an attempted robbery.

She became the first woman amputee to climb Mount Everest. She has climbed 6 mountains around the world.


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