Stephen Hawking: The man who made astro-physics understandable

Obituary: Stephen Hawking

Obituary: Stephen Hawking

World-renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking, who sought to understand a range of cosmic topics from the beginning of the universe to the intricacies of black holes, died Wednesday at the age of 76.

He died peacefully at his home in the British university city of Cambridge in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

In a statement, Prof Hawking's children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, said: "We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today".

"His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world", the family said. "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 for ever".

Published for the first time in 1988, "A Brief History of Time" stayed on the Sunday Times bestsellers list for an unprecedented 237 weeks.

Hawking suffered from ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a neurodegenerative disease commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, which is usually fatal within a few years.

His 1988 book "A Brief History of Time" became an global bestseller and brought him widespread fame. His great discoveries and work include Hawking radiation, Penrose-Hawking theorems, and many more.

Remarkably, Hawking defied predictions he would only live for a few years, overcoming its debilitating effects on his mobility and speech that left him paralysed and able to communicate only via a computer speech synthesiser.


"I try to lead as normal a life as possible, and not think about my condition, or regret the things it prevents me from doing, which are not that many".

Hawking was born on January 8, 1942, in Oxford, England. In an interview with New Scientist magazine, Hawking said there was still one puzzle left for him.

Aimed at a non-scientific audience it attempted to explain some fundamental principles of physics and answer some of the oldest questions of mankind; how, why and where the universe began, how it works and where it will end.

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 U.S. president.

His popularity brought him guest appearances in TV shows such as The Simpsons and the Big Bang Theory, but he was above all a true scientific genius.

Among those early to pay tribute were the American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and NASA. He was diagnosed with ALS when he was 21, while a doctoral student in cosmology at the University of Cambridge.

The world has lost a great physics mind in Professor Stephen Hawking.

In a video conference prior to his visit, Hawking said the institute's chosen focus on quantum theory and space-time was close to his heart.

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