Stephen Hawking has passed away at age 76
Famous British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking died at age 76 at his home in Cambridge, his family announced on Wednesday early in the morning.
“We are deeply sad that our dear father has passed away today, he was a great scientist and a remarkable man whose work and heritage will live long,” said Hawking’s children Lucy, Robert and Tim.
Hawking, born in Oxford in 1942, graduated from the Oxford University of Physics and defended his doctoral dissertation from cosmology at the University of Cambridge.
Theories of the Universe
In 1974, he became a member of the Royal Society of London, one of the oldest scientific societies in the world, and then a professor of mathematics and physics at the Lucas Department of the University of Cambridge, where he was once taught by giants like Isaac Newton and Paul Dirac.
He is known for contributions in the fields of cosmology and quantum gravity, especially in the context of black holes, as well as popular writings in which he presents his theories about the universe.
His most popular work is A Brief History of Time, which took first place on the bestseller list of the British Sunday Times and held a record 237 weeks.
In his youth he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a paralysis disorder that causes muscle weakening.
Fully immobile, in wheelchairs, over time he lost his speech ability, so he communicated with the environment only with a computer voice synthesizer.