I have never found that my lack of social graces has been a hindrance…
In physics it doesn’t matter what school you went to or to whom you are related. It matters what you do.
One result of my illness has been to change all that. When you are faced with the possibility of an early death, it makes you realized that life is worth living and that there are lots of things you want to do.
In fact, my disability has been a help in a way. It has freed me from teaching or sitting on boring committees, and given me more time to think and to do research.
To my colleagues, I’m another physicist, but to the wider public, I became possibly the best-known scientist in the world. …partly because I fit the stereotype of a disabled genius.
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broke down computers; that is a fairy story for people for afraid of the dark.
If you understand how the universe operates, you control it, in a way.