Stephen Hawking and George Mitchell Totally Wheelchair Raced

As the tributes and memorials keep pouring out for George P. Mitchell, father of fracking, savior of Galveston and creator of the Woodlands, it seems pretty clear that he was a pretty cool dude.

In fact, Mitchell was cool enough that he and famed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking were buddies who shared a mutual love of science and enjoyed racing each other in their wheelchairs, thus making Mitchell seem even more awesome posthumously.

Mitchell, a native of Galveston, was the man who believed he could use slant drilling and hydraulic fracturing to get a well flowing from the Barnett Shale, the dense brittle shale formation in North Texas, and then went and did it, sparking a shale energy boom that most thought would never be seen in this country again.

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Dianna Wray is a nationally award-winning journalist. Born and raised in Houston, she writes about everything from NASA to oil to horse races.
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