Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Stephen Hawking: a brief history of genius

Stephen Hawking: a brief history of genius

Stephen Hawking, one of the world's most influential physicists died at the age of 76 on Wednesday, March 14.

The Briton died peacefully at his home in Cambridge in the early hours of this morning, his family said.

"We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today", said his children Lucy, Robert, and Tim in a statement.

A man of great humour, he became a popular ambassador for science and was always careful to ensure that the general public had ready access to his work.

"This complete set of laws can give us the answers to questions like how did the universe begin", he said.

Published for the first time in 1988, the title made the Guinness Book of Records after it stayed on the Sunday Times bestsellers list for an unprecedented 237 weeks.

Most of his life was spent in a wheelchair crippled by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a form of motor neurone disease that attacks the nerves controlling voluntary movement. Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, the director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, wrote on Twitter: "His passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake".

His 1988 book "A Brief History of Time" became an worldwide bestseller and brought him widespread fame. His major scientific work was also to discover that black holes are not entirely black while they emit radiation and they will eventually evaporate and disappear.

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The illness left him wheelchair-bound and largely unable to speak except through a voice synthesiser - with its computerised American accent achieving iconic status in recent decades, partly thanks to his numerous appearances on The Simpsons. "I'll tweet more tomorrow when I have the measure of it, but what an immeasurable life he had". He was able to move only a few fingers on one hand and was completely dependent on others or on technology for virtually everything - bathing, dressing, eating, even speech.

Hawking was born on Januart 8, 1942 in Oxford, England.

Newton was a previous holder of that prestigious post.

Professor Stephen Hawking was an inspiration to me to become not just a scientist but a communicator of that science. Hawking authored seven books, co-authored nine others, and was the recipient of dozens of scientific, academic, and other awards including The Albert Einstein Award, The Hughes Medal, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

His life has been portrayed in various movies where award-winning actors like Benedict Cumberbatch (Hawking) and Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) played his character.

He also appeared as himself in an episode of the BBC comedy series, Red Dwarf and as a hologram of his image in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

"We have lost a colossal mind and a wonderful spirit".

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