Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Stephen Hawking's science lives on after his death

Stephen Hawking's science lives on after his death

But there have been several eccentric minds, who solved some of the greatest mysteries such as the behavior of black holes by Stephen Hawking.

The renowned British physicist, who was one of the world's finest scientific minds, died on Wednesday at the age of 76.

FILE PHOTO: Stephen Hawking arrives at the United Kingdom premiere of the film "The Theory of Everything" which is based around his life, at a cinema in central London, Britain, December 9, 2014.

His genius and wit won over fans from far beyond the rarified world of astrophysics.

Professor Stephen Hawking passed away in the early hours of Wednesday morning, it has been confirmed. Born in the year 1942, Hawking was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 1963, leaving him wheelchair-bound and largely unable to speak except through a voice synthesizer. Still, Hawking progressively lost use of most of his muscles, and for the last three decades of his life was communicating nearly exclusively through a voice synthesizer.

"His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humor 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".

Professor Stephen Hawking was an inspiration to me to become not just a scientist but a communicator of that science.

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In 1974, he became one of the youngest fellows of Britain's most prestigious scientific body, the Royal Society, at the age of 32. A previous holder of the prestigious post was the 17th-century British scientist Isaac Newton.

Although it could take him minutes to compose answers to even simple questions Hawking said the disability did not impair his work.

Bousso, now at the University of California at Berkeley, recalls how he had to learn to shake off his awe and relax around Hawking.

Hawking's acclaimed book, A Brief History of Time, was made into a documentary in 1991, directed by Errol Morris, who also paid tribute.

Hawking is survived by three children - Robert, Lucy and Timothy - from his first marriage to Jane Wilde, and three grandchildren.

His book A Brief History of Time became an unlikely best-seller although it is unclear how many people actually managed to get to the end of it.

Professor Hawking dreamed of travelling in space - and accepted Richard Branson's offer of a place on his Virgin Galactic space venture.

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