Renowned Physicists, Stephen Hawking has passed away at the age of 76-years-old. Hawking’s family said that he died peacefully at his home in Cambridge early Wednesday morning.
Back when professor Hawking was 22-years-old he was diagnosed with a rare form of motor neuron disease and given only a few years to live.
The disease left him unable to speak, except through a voice synthesizer, and eventually reliant upon a wheelchair to get around. However, that did not stop Hawking’s from living his life to the fullest — surviving more than half a century despite the doctors expectancy of life.
“Although there was a cloud hanging over my future, I found, to my surprise, that I was enjoying life in the present more than before. I began to make progress with my research. My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.”
Hawking’s children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, adored him and are saddened by the loss of their father.
“We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today, his children released in a statement. 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 for ever.”
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
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Stephen Hawking’s began to use crutches in the 1960’s and had his first major breakthrough in 1970 when he and Roger Penrose applied the mathematics of black holes to the universe and showed that a singularity, a region of infinite curvature in spacetime, lay in our distant past: the point from which came the big bang.
Hawking’s slew of radical discoveries led to his election in 1974 to the Royal Society at 32-years-old. Five years later, he became the Lucasian professor of mathematics at Cambridge, arguably Britain’s most distinguished chair, and a post formerly held by Isaac Newton, Charles Babbage and Paul Dirac, one of the founding fathers of quantum mechanics.
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Hawking appeared in several TV shows including The Simpsons, Red Dwarf and The Big Bang Theory.
— The Big Bang Theory (@bigbangtheory) March 14, 2018
He was portrayed in both TV and film – recently by Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything. Redmayne paid tribute the the professor saying, “We have lost a truly beautiful mind, an astonishing scientist and the funniest man I have ever had the pleasure to meet.”
In his 2013 memoir he described how he felt when first diagnosed with his disease.
“I felt it was very unfair – why should this happen to me,” he wrote.”At the time, I thought my life was over and that I would never realise the potential I felt I had. But now, 50 years later, I can be quietly satisfied with my life.”
Hawking’s most famous book – A Brief History of Time – has now shot to the top of the Amazon Best Sellers list.