Monday, 17 December, 2018

Physicist Stephen Hawking dies aged 76

Professor Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76 a spokesman for his family said Professor Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76 a spokesman for his family said
Frank Williams | 14 March, 2018, 10:43

Renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking, whose mental genius and physical disability made him a household name and inspiration across the globe, has died at age 76, his family said Wednesday.

In a statement provided by his family, the English theoretical physicist, cosmologist and author is said to have died peacefully at his home in Cambridge.

Fans of the scientist shared their condosolences on Twitter. "If we find the answers to these questions, we really shall know the mind of God".

Professor Stephen Hawking was one of the most brilliant scientists of his, or any other, generation.

Auckland University head of the department of physics Richard Easther said he had met Hawking for lunch a couple of times and had met him at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.

"His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world".

Hawking himself met Eddie Redmayne as part of the actor's preparation for taking on the role of the scientist. His demise is anguishing.

Professor Stephen Hawking is pictured during a visit to Cape Finisterre, some 90 km from Santiago, northwestern Spain in 2008.

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Beyond scientific debate Hawking also weighed into politics, describing Donald Trump as "a demagogue who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator" ahead of his election as USA president.

The Theory of Everything became the title of the 2014 film that charted Professor Hawking's early life and how he came to terms with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the crippling disease that gradually paralysed him. He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years.

He is survived by his three children, Lucy, Robert, and Tim.

In 1999, the Nobel prize-winning physicist appeared on an episode of "The Simpsons", and appeared on the show three more times in following years.

The theoretical physicist was born exactly 300 years after the death of Galileo in Oxford, England. After completing his schooling, he went to Oxford University for his undergraduate and later did a Ph.D.at Cambridge. Hence, he followed his took up physics even though his father wanted his to pursue medicine.

I think Stephen Hawking's biggest achievement was getting people talking and interested in some very complex and challenging ideas about the universe and our place in it.

He had at least 12 honorary degrees and was awarded the CBE in 1982.

He was also the subject of a 2013 documentary, "Hawking", in which he reflected on his life: "Because every day could be my last, I have the desire to make the most of each and every minute". In 1963 he was diagnosed with ALS, a form of Motor Neurone Disease, and later confined to a wheelchair and forced to communicate via a computerised voice.

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