Here’s how The Simpsons paid tribute to Stephen Hawking this week

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As iconic aspects of human culture that have both made similarly impactful contributions to the world of science and knowledge, it makes sense that The Simpsons and Stephen Hawking would be somewhat connected. Hawking made four appearances as himself on the show, beginning with “They Saved Lisa’s Brain” in 1999, and as we noted last week, he had a fun habit of showing up to the Simpsons’ table reads and just hanging out with the cast and writers.

Hawking died last week, and as The Simpsons often does when one of its celebrity voice actors dies, the show ended its most recent episode with a little tribute to him:

That image comes from Simpsons executive producer Matt Selman, showing the rocket-powered, helicopter wheelchair Hawking used in his initial

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