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Posted 09 March 2016 - 10:10 AM

SCIENTIST STEPHEN HAWKING PAYS TRIBUTE TO HIS ARMENIAN TEACHER - VIDEO

14:43, 09 Mar 2016
Siranush Ghazanchyan

Scientist Stephen Hawking has paid tribute to the teacher who inspired
his early steps into scholarship, the BBC reports.

He says Dikran Tahta at St Albans School opened his eyes to maths,
which he describes as the "blueprint of the universe".

"My handwriting was bad, and I could be lazy. Many teachers were
boring. Not Mr Tahta," said the physicist.

Prof Hawking was speaking ahead of this weekend's award of the Global
Teacher Prize.

The award-winning scientist has recorded a video commending his
teacher, who died in 2006.

"His classes were lively and exciting. Everything could be debated.

Together we built my first computer, it was made with
electro-mechanical switches," said Prof Hawking.

"Thanks to Mr Tahta, I became a professor of mathematics at Cambridge,
a position once held by Isaac Newton."

Prof Hawking said that "behind every exceptional person, there is an
exceptional teacher".

Dikran Tahta's family settled in Manchester after the Armenian
Genocide. Much of his childhood, and the influence of his Armenian
religious upbringing, is reflected upon in his penultimate book Ararat
Associations, in which he notes how his parents were keen for their
children to have an English education, yet made sure that they spoke
Armenian at home. He was christened by Bishop Tourian in the Armenian
Church in Manchester, and his name Dikran was shortened to Dick,
but he never forgot his Armenian roots.

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Posted 10 March 2016 - 10:36 AM

PROFESSOR STEPHEN HAWKING PAYS TRIBUTE TO TEACHER WHO HELPED CHANGE THE UNIVERSE

Express Online, UK
March 8, 2016 Tuesday 2:00 PM GMT

by Sean Martin

Professor Stephen Hawking has given an emotional tribute to his late
mathematics teacher Dikran Tahta, stating that he wouldn't be where
he is today without his childhood tutor.

Stephen Hawking has paid tribute to his former teacher

The famed theoretical physicist paid homage to Tahta, who died in
2006, by saying that he changed him and ultimately our understanding
of the universe.

In an emotional video which comes ahead of the Global Teacher Prize
2016, Prof Hawking described the impact that Tahta had on his life.

The 74-year old said: "It all starts, with the seed of love.

"The love of music, the love of history, for me it was the love
of science.

"At Saint Albans School, there was an inspirational maths teacher,
Mr Tahta.

"He opened my eyes to the blue print of the universe itself,
mathematics.

"I wasn't the best student at all. My handwriting was bad, and I
could be lazy.

"Many teachers were boring. Not Mr Tahta, His classes were lively
and exciting.

"Everything could be debated. Together we built my first computer,
it was made with electro mechanical switches.

"Thanks to Mr Tahta, I became a professor of mathematics at Cambridge,
in a position once held by Isaac 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.

Tahta inspired Hawking to study the universe

"Behind every exceptional person, there is an exceptional teacher.

"Today, we need great teachers more than ever.

"We must always remember, teachers matter."

Dikran "Dick" Tahta, who was of Armenian decent, first encountered
Hawking when the young genius moved to St Albans, Hertfordshire,
with his family in 1950 when Hawking was just 8-years old.

By the time Prof Hawking was 16, the pair had built a computer together
using the remains of old clock parts and a telephone switch board.

On 2 December 2006, Dikran Tahta died at the age of 78 with Hawking
regularly saying since that the mild-mathematician was the catalyst
for his success.

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