Cosmologist Stephen Hawking Passed Away At His Home At Age 76
14 March 2018 News
The English theoretical physicist, author, cosmologist and pop culture icon, Stephen Hawking, has died at his home in Cambridge. He was 76.
Stephen Hawking, the genius English theoretical physicist, author and cosmologist, has passed away yesterday from natural causes. He was 76 and according to his family he left while in the comfort of his home in Cambridge. “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today,” Hawking’s family said in a released statement confirming the news of his death. “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 humor 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 Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or motor neurone disease in 1963. He was told by doctors that he would only live for just two more years. He was only 21 when he was diagnosed with the disease. To live until 76 and become a legendary figure in the science world is only a testimony to his life, legacy and willpower to defy expectations.
Hawking eventually worked his way into becoming the Lucasian Chair of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge. It was a position once held by Sir Isaac Newton. His best-selling cosmology book, A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes, originally released in 1988, has since went one to sell over 10 million copies. The work is responsible with making Hawking famous, a pop culture icon and a fixture in the science-fiction world. In 2014, his life story was adapted for the big screen, as Eddie Redmayne played Stephen Hawking in the Oscar-nominated film The Theory of Everything, which won Best Actor at the 87th annual gala.
SOURCE: The Guardian
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