World’s most famous scientist, Stephen Hawking passed away on Wednesday. Hawking is known for his great work on black holes. He had made many important contributions in the fields of cosmology and quantum gravity. He has also published many books engaging in fundamental issues about the universe and our existence. His book ‘A Brief History of Time’ was bestseller.
The 76-year-old theoretical physicist’s family released a statement that confirms his death in Cambridge. He has been diagnosed with motor neuron from 1963 and was bound to be on a wheelchair. He is survived by his three children Lucky, Robert and Tim. He was also honored with prestigious awards like Albert Einstein Medal in 1979, the Order of the British Empire (Commander) in 1982 and the Wolf Prize in 1988.
The statement read, “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 coupled 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.”
Hawking was suffering from motor neuron, a degenerative disease, from the age of 21. Doctors had informed his family that he would live only two years, but he survived for more than 50 years. Later, he had lost his speech and used to communicate with the help of a device. His research gave the world a better understanding of the universe. Once he said that his goal of life was “a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all”.