Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis(ALS) or Lou Gehrig Disease as people in America sometimes refer to it, is a neurodegenerative disorder that weakens the muscles, greatly reducing their physical functions until they are no longer able to sustain essential body function, leading to the person’s death. According to studies, more than five thousand people are diagnosed with ALS every year in the United States, out of which less than 20% have a chance of surviving the first 5 years after the diagnosis.
At this point in time, nobody is yet sure what exactly
causes the disease, a disease which affected a lot of people throughout the years, including a few very famous ones. Over the next few minutes, we will remind ourselves of the ten most famous people with ALS who ever lived.
9Fokko du Cloux (1954- 2006)
Fokko du Cloux was a mathematician and computer scientist who worked on the Atlas of Lie groups and representations. He was one of the founding members of the project and he is credited with building the Atlas software which became pivotal in the mapping of the E8 group in 2007. He was diagnosed with ALS in 2005 and he actively participated in the project until his death, finding it very hard to stay away from his work.