The sad news that has shocked the entire scientific community is of the passing away of the greatest theoretical physicist since Albert Einstein. Stephen Hawking died early morning on Wednesday at the age of 76, as revealed by a family spokesman.
The British physicist was most renowned for his contribution to the study of black holes and also to the theory of relativity. Hawking wrote several pathbreaking books including ‘A Brief History of Time.’
A statement released by the family spokesman read that they were deeply saddened by the demise of their father. Although the actual cause of his death wasn’t released, the family said that Hawking died peacefully at his residence in Cambridge.
Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with motor neuron disease at the young age of 22. Because of this illness, Hawking was left bound to the wheelchair. He could barely speak except with the help of a voice synthesizer.
Hawking was given just a few years to live. But not only did he survive this disease, but he also went on to understand the mystery of space and time despite having a paralyzed body.
Hawking was a great scientist who will forever be remembered for his exemplary contributions in the field of physics. Hawking was praised for his ‘persistence and courage,’ and his ‘humor and brilliance’ inspired everyone across the globe. Stephen Hawking would be deeply missed especially by his family members.
Stephen Hawking was born on January 8, 1942, in Oxford and studied at the Oxford University before completing his Ph.D. at Cambridge. In 1974, Hawking outlined a theory that black-holes emit ‘Hawking radiation’.
His book ‘A Brief History of Time’ has sold over 10-million copies. A film was made on his life story with the title ‘The Theory of Everything’ in 2014.
Hawking is survived by his wife and two sons. He will be forever remembered for his contributions in the scientific field.
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