Stephen Hawking, the famed British physicist, whose vision inspired fellow scientists as well as global audiences, has passed away at the age of 76. Hawking was most famous for his work on black holes and quantum theory. Hawking wrote popular-science books including A Brief History of Time.
The Hawking family released a statement to British media in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Furthermore, the family also noted that he died peacefully at his home in Cambridge, England.
Hawking’s children, Lucy, Robert, and Tim released a statement:
“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 for ever.”
Stephen Hawking was portrayed on TV by Benedict Cumberbatch in the BBC TV Film “Hawking” in 2004. More recently, Hawking was portrayed in the film “The Theory of Everything” by Eddie Redmayne in 2014.
Homage to Professor Hawking has started pouring in from Celebrities and people in social media.
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
— The Big Bang Theory (@bigbangtheory) March 14, 2018
Professor Hawking has gained popularity by appearing in several TV Shows like The Simpsons, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Red Dwarf, and The Big Bang Theory.
Stephen Hawking – A Brief History
Professor Hawking, born on January 8, 1942, was diagnosed with a rare form of motor neurone disease in 1963 at the age of 21. Hawking was given only a few years to live after being diagnosed but he survived for more than 50 years. The disease caused him to permanently confined to a wheelchair and also lost his voice. Furthermore. it was his sense of humor coupled with his brilliance and intellect that inspired people across the world.
In 1970, Hawking and Roger Penrose’s research on the black holes reinvented the way of how we look at physics. This defined the singularity and the beginning of the big bang and marks their first major breakthrough.
In 1974, Hawking’s research was disagreed by some physicists as it contradicted one of the most basic laws of quantum mechanics. The research was about the black hole radiation and how it could evaporate and be gone forever.
Professor Hawking also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama in 2009.
Stephen Hawking has been vocal about artificial intelligence and for the survival of the human race, we must spread out into outer space.