Physicist Stephen Hawking Dies at Age 76
A revered name in the field of cosmology and physics, Professor Stephen Hawking passed away early Wednesday morning at his home in Cambridge, England.
According to The Guardian, his children Lucy, Robert, and Tim have issued a statement on their father’s death, which 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. 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 suffered from a terminal motor neuron disease, specifically amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which he was diagnosed with in 1963. While medical experts gave him only a few years to live, he had lived for over five decades more.
He once said of his affliction, “It is a waste of time to be angry of my disability. One has to get on with life and I haven’t done badly. People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.”
Hawking was born in Oxford, England. In 1952, he pursued a degree in physics at University College, Oxford, where his father had studied too. Three years later, he was awarded a first class honors degree in natural science.
A year before he was diagnosed, Hawking joined the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge, where he conducted research in cosmology. In 1865, he earned his PhD and began working as a research fellow then Fellow for Distinction in Science at Gonville & Caius College.
After years of extensive research, his work, A Brief History of Time, first gained him international fame. The book explained the concepts of space and time. It has sold 20 million copies worldwide.
We remember the genius through some of his words of wisdom: