The news of an inspirational and world renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking was announced by his family in the early hour of today, Wednesday, March 14, 2017. This immediately spread across the globe as many who have been driven by the rare gem’s story and achievements feel very sad about his exit.
The British scientist who died at age 76 became a household name through his mental genius and physical disability, he ignored the negative sterotype attached to his physical state and channelled his positive vibes into his passion, the end result was an immense success.
Stephen Hawking died peacefully at his home in the British university city of Cambridge in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
“We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today,” professor Hawking’s children, Lucy, Robert, and Tim said in a statement carried by Britain’s Press Association news agency.
“He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years.”
Stephen Hawking defied predictions he would only live for a few years after developing a form of motor neurone disease in his early 20s.
The illness gradually robbed him of mobility, leaving him confined to a wheelchair, almost completely paralysed and unable to speak except through his trademark voice synthesiser.
“His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world,” his family said.
“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.”
More About Stephen Hawkings
Born on January 8, 1942, 300 years to the day after the death of the father of modern science, Galileo Galileo, Stephen William Hawking became one of the world’s most well-regarded scientists and entered the pantheon of science titans.
His death was announced on the 139th anniversary of the birth of Albert Einstein.
Inside the shell of his increasingly useless body was a razor-sharp mind, with an enduring fascination with the mysteries of black holes.
His work focused on bringing together relativity, the nature of space and time, and quantum theory, how the smallest particles behave, to explain the creation of the Universe and how it is governed.
“My goal is simple,” he once said. “It is complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.”
But he was also a beloved figure in popular culture, with cameos in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “The Simpsons”, while his voice appeared in Pink Floyd songs.
Hawking’s first marriage to Jane Wilde in 1965 gave him three children and was immortalised in the 2014 film “The Theory of Everything”.
The couple split after 25 years and he married his former nurse, Elaine Mason, but the union broke down amid allegations, denied by him, of abuse.
Hawking became one of the youngest fellows of Britain’s most prestigious scientific body, the Royal Society, at the age of 32.
In 1979 he was appointed Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University, a post previously held by Newton, where he had moved from Oxford University to study theoretical astronomy and cosmology.
Hawking was an outspoken commentator on life back on earth, voicing his disapproval in recent years of both the election of Donald Trump in the United States, and Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.
How His Journey To Stardom Started
Stephen Hawking got to limelight after the release of his 1988 book “A Brief History of Time”, which became an unlikely worldwide bestseller, Hawking dedicated his life to unlocking the secrets of the Universe.
His genius and wit won over fans from far beyond the rarified world of astrophysics, earning comparisons with Albert Einstein and Sir Isaac Newton.
His theories unlocked a universe of possibilities that we and the world are exploring. May you keep flying like superman in microgravity, as you said to astronauts on in 2014.
Tributes began pouring in from scientists around the world, lauding him as an inspiration.
Stephen was a source of inspiration during his life time, and many of his fans still seeshim as one now that he is gone because he made great impacts during his life time . We believe he lived an awesome life which many can emulate from.