He has died but have a look at 10 facts about Stephen Hawking and what he thinks of life and things around it.
The Hush Post: Stephen Hawking is no more. The award-winning physicist died, a family spokesperson has confirmed. He was 76. Surprisingly, it was at the age of 21 that doctors said Hawking just had two years to live in 1963. However, he lived more than half a century after the diagnoses of the deadly disease doctors said he was suffering from.
“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,” a family member said. “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 forever.”
The British physicist did his groundbreaking work about black holes and relativity. He was also the author of many popular books on science including A Brief History of Time.
His children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, said: “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today.”
His children have praised his ‘courage and persistence’ and said his ‘brilliance and humour’ inspired one and all.
Hawking was born on 8 January 1942 in Oxford. He went to Oxford University to read natural science in 1959, before taking up PhD at Cambridge. By 1963, the physicist was diagnosed with motor neurone disease and the dotors gave him no more than two years of life. He went on to published a book A Brief History of Time in 1988. The book sold more than 10 million copies. The Theory of Everything is a movie made on him in 2014.