Star Trek To Simpsons Hawking Was Our Pop Culture Physicist

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Theoretical physicist and enormous pop culture celebrity? Only [/tags/stephen-hawking/ Stephen Hawking], whose [/news/famed-physicist-stephen-hawking-dies-at-76/ death at age 76] was announced Tuesday, could swing both of those titles.
Despite the fact that few people outside the realm of science understood what Hawking really did for a living, he became a beloved figure in the entertainment world. His wheelchair and robotic-sounding computer voice made him instantly recognizable, whether in cartoon form or being portrayed by handsome actor [ Eddie Redmayne], who won an Oscar playing Hawking in [/news/how-to-watch-stephen-hawking-theory-of-everything-biography/ 2014's "The Theory of Everything."]

Here's a look at some of the times when the scientist hit the big (and little) screen.
'The Simpsons': Forever a fan

Farewell to Stephen Hawking, the most intelligent guest star in the brief history of The Simpsons [ pic.twitter.com/po3fIHgEdh]
— Matt Selman (@mattselman) [ March 14, 2018]














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Stephen Hawking voiced himself on The Simpsons nearly a dozen times. After once making a bold scientific statement, Homer backed him up, saying "Larry Flynt is right!" Apparently, both Hawking and Flynt have gone on the record saying they found this incredibly funny. [ pic.twitter.com/Eus69emZfM]
— Ted Geoghegan (@tedgeoghegan) [ March 14, 2018]














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Let's all remember Stephen Hawking as he would of wanted, as a Simpsons character.

RIP. [ pic.twitter.com/JmI9K2md7y]
— Alex Katz (@Alex__Katz) [ March 14, 2018]














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Hawking was such a fan of "[ The Simpsons]" he allowed the animated Fox show to feature him during four separate appearances, and www.sw-index.com called it "the best thing on American television." 

He also knew it brought him and his big brain to a new audience, saying, "Almost as many people know me from 'The Simpsons' as through my science."