Stephen Hawking: My Inspirational Teacher Mr Tahta

08 Mar 2016 | abigaylehunterlodge

On the 17th of February renowned Professor Stephen Hawking announced the Global Teacher Prize Top 10 Finalists. Watch this powerful video message from Stephen Hawking as he gives a wonderful insight into the teacher, Mr. Tatha, who helped him unlock his passion for science and change his life.
“Today, we need great teachers more than ever. We must always remember, teachers matter.”-Professor Stephen Hawking
Professor Stephen Hawking starts the video by saying, "It all starts with the seed of love. The love of music. The love of history. For me it was the love of science." He goes on to explain, "At St. Albans School there was an inspirational Maths teacher, Mr Tahta." [caption id="attachment_5839" align="alignnone" width="810"]Mr D Tahta 1950s Mr Dikran Tahta (Photo credit : The Tahta family)[/caption] Prof. Hawking admits, "I wasn't the best student at all. My handwriting was bad and I could be lazy." [caption id="attachment_5840" align="aligncenter" width="327"]Stephen Hawking as Schoolboy Professor Stephen Hawking as a Schoolboy (Photo Credit: Mary Hawking)[/caption] "Thanks to Mr Tahta, I became a professor of Mathematics at Cambridge, in a position once held by Issac Newton. I have spent my life attempting to unlock the mysteries of the universe. When each of us thinks about what we can do in life, chances are we can do it because of a teacher." Stephen Hawking says crediting Mr Tahta. [caption id="attachment_5844" align="aligncenter" width="810"]Mr D Tahta Mr Dikran Tahta (Photo Credit: The Tahta family)[/caption] "Today, we need great teachers more than ever. We must always remember, teachers matter." If you Can. Stephen Hawking Watch the video and share with us what you can do because of exceptional teachers using the hashtag, #TeachersMatter.