Hawkins will and should be remembered for his scientific work and not about his life or believes. Every human being has achievements and a life with ups and downs but only work is remembered.
People talk about Jinnah, Gandhi or Iqbal and their failures in personal life, which are not important except their work.
People rememberence of Prophet mohammad(s) and his every day life resulted in millions of sunnahs and a billion hadeeses misleading muslims since centuries. He was supposed to be remmebered for articulate work in developing an entirely new nation or society, a message of Allah and a book called Quran.
Perhaps that is why human idolism is shirk. People make people as Gods.