Stephen Hawking has been in the last decades a scientific icon for the media. His painful personal situation turned him into a celebrity who inevitably attracts attention. Therefore, the media have a tendency to exaggerate his scientific work, attributing to him achievements that weren’t his, which he would be the first to repudiate, if he were still among us.
For example, on the occasion of his death, the following headlines appeared in several media:
• AlDiaNews.com: Stephen Hawking, author of the Big Bang theory dies at 76
• ElTiempoHoy:. (Creator of Big Bang’s theory and black hole theory: Stephen Hawking dies at 76).
• Gizmodo Univisión: