The great physicist Stephen Hawking passed away today. His family spokesperson confirmed the news early Wednesday. Hawking’s brilliant mind ranged across time and space though he was paralyzed.
Stephen Hawking’s children Lucy, Robert and Tim said, “He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years.”
He has passed away at his home in Cambridge. Hawking had overcome a neurological disease to probe the greatest mysteries of the cosmos. He became the symbol of the power of the human mind.
Since the age of 21, Dr. Hawking had suffered from a degenerative motor neuron disease and he was unable to move a muscle and speechless.
Though he was given two years to live, he completed his doctorate and also worked as a Lucasian professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge.
Hawking eventually became one of the planet’s most renowned science popularizers, and he embraced the attention, traveling the world, meeting with presidents, visiting Antarctica and Easter Island, and flying on special “zero-gravity” jet whose parabolic flight let Hawking float through the cabin as if he were in outer space.
Stephen Hawking made cameo in television in “The Simpsons” and “Star Trek”. Eddie Redmayne potrayed Hawking’s early life on the screen in the 2014 film “The Theory of Everything”.
Some colleagues credited that celebrity with generating new enthusiasm for science.
His achievements, and his longevity, also helped prove to many that even the most severe disabilities need not stop patients from living.
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