Famous British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking died on Wednesday, March 14, after suffering from complications due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) – a dynamic neurodegenerative disease. He was 76.

His family’s representative issued an official statement which stated: ‘It is with great sadness we announce the death of Professor Stephen Hawking CH CBE FRS FRSA at the age of 76. Professor Hawking died peacefully at his home in Cambridge in the early hours of the morning. His family has kindly requested that they be given the time and privacy to mourn his passing, but they would like to thank everyone who has been by Professor Hawking’s side – and supported him – throughout his life.’

Hawking’s children Lucy, Robert, and Tim also issued a statement, which stated: ‘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 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.’

Conceived in 1942, Hawking was known as one of the greatest pioneers of science – his life and work fascinating people for quite for decades.

Best known for his work on black holes, the cosmologist theorized that as opposed to the predominant scientific belief that black holes were certain for all types of issue and vitality, they really produced a type of radiation – now known as Hawking radiation.

He likewise played a key part in the scientific push to bind together Einstein’s general theory of relativity with the new field of quantum material science.

Hawking skyrocketed to public prominence in 1988, when he published his first general audience book, A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes.

The book turned into a smash hit and sold more than 10 million copies in 20 years. It was on the Sunday Times best seller list for over four years.

Using his position as one of the world’s most famous scientist, Hawking talked about and talked about an extensive variety of issues from the presence of extraterrestrial life to the idea of reasoning.

Stephen Hawking was diagnosed to have ALS, otherwise called Lou Gehrig’s sickness, more than half a century ago and was given only 10 years to live. Regardless of his condition, he garnered many achievements to his name, including beating the odds of survival with his medical condition.

In 2002, Hawking was positioned number 25 in the BBC’s poll of the 100 Greatest Britons and in 2009, he was granted the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the former President of the US Barack Obama.

The physicist’s inspiring – and turbulent – story was dramatised in the 2014 motion picture “The Theory of Everything,” which based on a diary by Hawking’s first wife, Jane Wilde. Actor Eddie Redmayne’s depiction of Hawking in the film won him an Oscar for ‘Best Actor’.

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