The British scientist who explained the Universe to millions died peacefully at home aged 76.
“Mr. Hawing will be greatly missed. We knew this would come, and as it unfolds, we must remember what a unique individual Stephen was. He thought outside the box, was a type who just wanted to get the work done – college or not- and threw himself into his work and seeking the truth of where we came from, what started it all it terms where we could understand while taking out the God theory. Of course like most, I disagreed with Mr. Hawking, but that’s not to say that I still greatly admired his strength, mind and courage. A brilliant mind that needed to find alternate truths for us, a force of life that put him on the map. But what did he teach us? Paramount above all, he taught us to just get the work done and ask questions later. Follow your gut, make your instincts lead you to new discoveries that your consciousness would laugh at, and you will do great things.” Weather Internal
World renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76.
He died peacefully at his home in Cambridge in the early hours of Wednesday, his family said.
The British scientist was famed for his work with black holes and relativity, and wrote several popular science books including A Brief History of Time.
At the age of 22 Prof Hawking was given only a few years to live after being diagnosed with a rare form of motor neurone disease.
The illness left him in a wheelchair and largely unable to speak except through a voice synthesiser.
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.”
They praised his “courage and persistence” and said 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.”
A book of condolence is due to be opened at Gonville and Caius College in Cambridge, where Prof Hawking was a fellow.
Obituary: Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking – who died aged 76 – battled motor neurone disease to become one of the most respected and best-known scientists of his age.
A man of great humour, he became a popular ambassador for science and was always careful to ensure that the general public had ready access to his work.
His book A Brief History of Time became an unlikely best-seller although it is unclear how many people actually managed to get to the end of it.
He appeared in a number of popular TV shows and lent his synthesised voice to various recordings.
Stephen William Hawking was born in Oxford on 8 January 1942. His father, a research biologist, had moved with his mother from London to escape German bombing.
Hawking grew up in London and St Albans and, after gaining a first-class degree in physics from Oxford, went on to Cambridge for postgraduate research in cosmology. [btnsx id=”5955″]