Physicist Stephen Hawking dies at 76

Federico Mansilla
Marcha 14, 2018

Stephen Hawking, the British physicist who became famous for his way-out theories and for overcoming debilitating disease, has died at the age of 76, his children said in a statement tonight. "He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years", the family said in a statement. "His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world", they said.

"He once said, "it would not be much of a universe if it wasn't home to the people you love".

"Sad to hear of the passing of scientist Stephen Hawking".

Stephen was born on January 8 1942 in Oxford - where his parents had decamped from north London for him to be born away from the worst of the wartime bombing raids.

However, Hawking had a form of the disease "that progressed more slowly than usual", The Guardian says, allowing him to survive another 55 years - "long enough for his disability to define him".

As a 15-year-old, his most successful book A Brief History of Time had me captivated with relativity and quantum theory.

The professor used a voice synthesiser since he caught pneumonia in 1985 and had to have a tracheotomy which left him unable to speak.

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Richard Green, of the Motor Neurone Disease Association - the British name for ALS - said Hawking met the classic definition of the disease, as "the flawless mind trapped in an imperfect body".

"I have been very successful in my scientific work, and have become one of the best-known scientists in the world", he said.

Hawking also recognised the enormous potential of the universe to be teeming with life and the advances in technology that might permit its detection in the near future. The book addressed, and explained, complex concepts such as black holes, the big bang and the relation of space and time.

Hawking first earned prominence for his theoretical work on black holes. The book sold more than 10 million copies, and has been translated into 35 languages.

Shocked Hawking fans took to Twitter to mourn his death.

Hawking's formidable mind probed the very limits of human understanding both in the vastness of space and in the weird sub-molecular world of quantum theory, which he said could predict what happens at the beginning and end of time.

The physicist's inspiring story gave birth to the 2014 movie "The Theory of Everything," which was based on a memoir by Hawking's first wife Wilde.

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