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  • Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76, but his contributions to

  • humanity will live on foreverincluding what is arguably his life's most important

  • work ... his appearances on The Simpsons.

  • News of the late scientist's passing inspired a number of tributes in the entertainment

  • world, which Hawking had an outsized influence on.

  • As a public figure, the author never restricted himself to purely academic appearances, lending

  • his likeness or voice to a number of high-profile pop culture projects.

  • Outside of academia, Hawking appeared as himself on an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation,

  • as well as multiple episodes of The Simpsons, Futurama, and The Big Bang Theory.

  • "I made a booboo.

  • And I gave it to Stephen Hawking."

  • He also lent his voice, a synthesized program, to the Pink Floyd albums The Division Bell

  • and The Endless River.

  • After Hawking's death, Simpsons showrunner Al Jean spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about

  • the experience of arranging the professor's hilarious first appearance on the series'

  • season 10 episode, "They Saved Lisa's Brain".

  • "If you are looking for trouble, you found it."

  • Jean explained:

  • "What we would do is send him the script and then he would record it through his machine.

  • So it was his voice, his special audio program.

  • He did come to the studio when he was in America, but he didn't ever go to record."

  • Over the course of his three appearances on the show, Hawking was willing to go along

  • with just about everything the writers wanted him to sayexcept one thing in his first

  • episode that rubbed him the wrong way.

  • Jean said:

  • "He did say at one point that he did not want to be drunk onscreen.

  • That was the only note we got from him.

  • He didn't mind having a beer with Homer at Moe's, but not more."

  • "Your theory of the donut shaped universe is intriguing Homer.

  • I may have to steal it."

  • Hawking's first appearance, in which Homer Simpson famously mistook him for Hustler magnate

  • Larry Flynt, came about thanks to a personal connection.

  • Hawking's daughter Lucy knew one of the show's writers, who wanted to pen an episode involving him.

  • "I accepted immediately because it would be fun, and because The Simpsons is the best

  • thing on American television."

  • Aside from the drinking scene, Hawking had no problems with the way the long-running

  • cartoon series depicted him.

  • He said:

  • "My treatment in The Simpsons was always good-humored.

  • I was depicted as a somewhat surreal character with enormous powers."

  • Jean added that the reason he scripted the late academic the way he did was he saw him

  • as a superstar in his own right, saying:

  • "Everyone wanted to get their picture taken with him.

  • It was an honor to be able to briefly interact with the Albert Einstein of our time.

  • I still can't get over it."

  • "Time for this hawk to fly."

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