Stephen Hawking the brilliant British theoretical physicist died peacefully at his home in Cambridge today in the early hours of Wednesday, his family said. He is well known for his work with black holes and relativity, and wrote several popular science books. At the age of 22 a rare form of motor neuron disease left Prof Hawking on a wheelchair and largely unable to speak except through a voice synthesizer.
In a statement his children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, said:
“We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world.
“He once said: ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss him forever.”
He was considered by many to be the world’s greatest living scientist, Stephen Hawking was also a astronomer, mathematician, cosmologist and author of numerous books including the landmark “A Brief History of Time,” which has sold more than 10 million copies.
Stephen Hawking Fact file:
- He was born on 8th January 1942 in Oxford, England
- In 1959 read natural science at Oxford University, before studying for his PhD at Cambridge
- In 1963 was diagnosed with a rare motor neuron disease and given two years to live, that also left him on a wheel chair and largely unable to speak except through voice synthesizer.
- In 1974 he outlined a theory that black holes emit known as “Hawking radiation”
- In 1979, he became the Professor of Mathematics at the Cambridge.
- In 1998 he Published his book ‘A Brief History of Time’, which has sold more than 10 million copies
- In 2014, the British biographical romantic drama film ‘The Theory of Everything’, details the life of Stephen Hawking
The US space agency described Professor Hawking as an “ambassador of science”, they tweeted:
“Remembering Stephen Hawking, a renowned physicist and ambassador of science. His theories unlocked a universe of possibilities that we & the world are exploring. May you keep flying like superman in microgravity, as you said to astronauts on the Space Station in 2014,”.
We miss you Stephen Hawking.
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