Renowned Physicist Stephen Hawking Dies At 76
World renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has passed away at the age of 76.
He died peacefully in the early hours of Wednesday at his home in Cambridge.
The professor’s children Lucy, Robert and Tim released a statement confirming his death:
“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.”
Hawking was diagnosed with a rare form of motor neurons disease at 21 years of age in 1963 and was given two years to live.
The illness left him in a wheelchair and largely unable to speak except through a voice synthesiser.
Despite his diagnosis, he continued his studies at Cambridge University and went on to change the subject of cosmology.
Prof Hawking was the first to set out a theory of cosmology as a union of relativity and quantum mechanics.
He also discovered that black holes leak energy and fade to nothing – a phenomenon that would later become known as Hawking radiation.
The scientist gained popularity outside the academic world and appeared in several TV shows including The Simpsons, Red Dwarf and The Big Bang Theory.
— The Big Bang Theory (@bigbangtheory) March 14, 2018
Matt Selman, executive producer of The Simpsons, shared his condolences on Twitter, writing, “Farewell to Stephen Hawking, the most intelligent guest star in the brief history of The Simpsons.”
Farewell to Stephen Hawking, the most intelligent guest star in the brief history of The Simpsons pic.twitter.com/po3fIHgEdh
— Matt Selman (@mattselman) March 14, 2018
He was portrayed in both TV and film – recently by Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything, which charted his rise to fame and relationship with his first wife, Jane.
Prof Hawking was Britain’s most famous modern day scientist, a genius with a razor-sharp wit who dedicated his life to unlocking the secrets of the Universe.
“My goal is simple,” he once said. “It is complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.”
Tributes have poured in for scientist, with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson among the first.
His passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake. But it’s not empty. Think of it as a kind of vacuum energy permeating the fabric of spacetime that defies measure. Stephen Hawking, RIP 1942-2018. pic.twitter.com/nAanMySqkt
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) March 14, 2018
Nasa, the US Space Agency, hailed Professor Hawking as “ambassador of science”.
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 @Space_Station in 2014 pic.twitter.com/FeR4fd2zZ5
— NASA (@NASA) March 14, 2018
Errol Morris, who made a biographical documentary film called A Brief History of Time, said he was “funny, perverse, and, of course, brilliant”.
It had to happen, eventually. We were lucky to have him for so long, and I was lucky to be able to work with him. A truly fabulous human being. Stephen Hawking. Funny, perverse, and, of course, brilliant.
— errolmorris (@errolmorris) March 14, 2018
The Paralympic Games tweeted that Prof Hawking was “a pioneer of the human spirit”.
“We are all different. There is no such thing as a standard or run of the mill human being.”
Rest in peace Stephen, thank you for being a pioneer of the human spirit. You will be greatly missed. pic.twitter.com/kD9ViVCTBJ
— Paralympic Games (@Paralympics) March 14, 2018
Cambridge University tweeted one of Stephen Hawking’s many quotes which said “Look up at the stars and not down at your feet”.
— Cambridge University (@Cambridge_Uni) March 14, 2018
In 2011, Hawking said he didn’t believe in heaven, likening it to a “fairy story” for people afraid to die.
“I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years,” he told The Guardian. “I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first.”
“I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail,” he continued. “There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”
His death is a great lose to the world of science and wish his family condolence during this period
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