Stephen Hawking Dead at 76

'We still don’t have the technology to verify Stephen Hawking's big ideas'

'We still don’t have the technology to verify Stephen Hawking's big ideas'

He's well known for his incredible scientific breakthroughs with Roger Penrose, having studied black holes and relativity, attempting to finally solve the mystery surrounding how the universe began, and was awarded the CBE in 1982. Hawking may not necessarily match up with Einstein in terms of physics achievement, but his book has ignited the curiosity of numerous juveniles, which prevents physics from being marginalised. His passing was noted by actress Mia Farrow, Apple CEO Tim Cook, former President Barack Obama and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May.

Despite being wheelchair-bound, nearly completely paralysed and unable to speak except through his trademark voice synthesiser, he wrote many scientific papers that earned him comparisons with Albert Einstein and Sir Isaac Newton. Hawking had to spend his entire adult life paralyzed in a wheelchair.

Greenpeace USA thanked Prof Hawking for helping people understand their place in the universe and for "leaving us in awe and wonder". His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humor 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".

Hawking died in his sleep at his home in Cambridge.

Hawking has also been hailed for his wit as well as his world-spinning wisdom.

"By combining quantum mechanics and the theory of gravity, Hawking showed that they can actually evaporate, and could eventually even explode like a nuclear bomb".

He asked people to imagine the universe as the surface of the earth where people can go in any direction and never reach an edge or boundary where earth can be said to end.


Hawking's life story was brought to the big screen in the 2014 film The Theory of Everything.

Pop superstar Katy Perry said "there's a big black hole in my heart" following Prof Hawking's death.

After being diagnosed with motor neurone disease he was given just a few years to live. "That made Stephen Hawking a kind of brand name".

Hawking's ease at explaining complex ideas on advances physics to a wider audience and his life-long fight against ALS made him a popular figure beyond the scientific world and will be remembered by his cameos in American sitcoms as someone who did remarkable things despite his debilitating disease.

The London Evening Standard estimated Hawking's wealth at £5 million ($6.9 million), mostly from sales of 1988's A Brief History of Time, which shifted 10 million copies and was translated into 40 different languages.

"I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail", he said.

When Ant and Dec sparked controversy when they appeared to mock him in an I'm A Celebrity skit - it later emerged that the professor had taken time out of his busy schedule to contact the presenters to say he had found it amusing.

Both of those concepts are cornerstones of current black hole theory.

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