Stephen Hawking, physicist and author, has passed away at the age of 76, a family representative informed the media. Hawking was former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge and author of A Brief History of Time, an international bestseller. Hawking is regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Einstein.
In a statement issued, 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. 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.”
Hawking was a fellow of the Royal Society and a member of the US National Academy of Science.
Hawking contracted motor neurone disease in 1963 and was then told he had just two years. From 1979 to 2009 he held the post of Lucasian Professor at Cambridge, the chair held by Isaac Newton in 1663. Professor Hawking has been awarded over a dozen honorary degrees including the CBE – Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire – in 1982.
Hawking was also the subject of the 2014 film ‘The Theory Of Everything’, which starred Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones
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