Stephen Hawking Set To Appear On ‘Big Bang Theory’

03/14/2012 12:26 PM ET

After several prior requests to do so, British theoretical physicist and cosmologist, Stephen Hawking will make a cameo appearance on an upcoming episode of the CBS sitcom, “The Big Bang Theory.”

Hawking had to turn down prior requests due to illnesses that left him too weak to participate. Hawking’s suffers from ALS and was predicted to live no longer than the age of 26, but is now currently 70 years old.

It is said that his appearance will see him interact with the shows best character, Dr. Sheldon Cooper, played by actor Jim Parsons. On the show, Sheldon is a Caltech theoretical physicist, that has a total lack of social skills and adheres to a strict daily routine, but is a huge Hawking fan.

CBS announced that Hawking’s appearance will air on April 5th, and the network says’s Hawking will visit Dr. Cooper “to share his beautiful mind with his most ardent admirer.”

The Big Bang Theory executive producer, Bill Prady said having Hawking on the show is a dream come true. “When people would ask us who a ‘dream guest star’ for the show would be, we would always joke and say Stephen Hawking - knowing that it was a long shot of astronomical proportions,” Prady said. “In fact, we’re not exactly sure how we got him. It’s the kind of mystery that could only be understood by, say, a Stephen Hawking.”

Prior to Hawking’s cameo on a separate episode “Star Trek’s” Leonard Nimoy will make a guest visit to the 4 comic book and sci-fi geek’s on the show.

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