Stephen Hawking’s brilliant mind who understood mysteries of time and space, despite the rest of his body being paralyzed by disease died. He died at aged 76 peacefully at his home in Cambridge on Wednesday.
The Briton was known for his work with black holes and relativity and wrote several popular science books including A Brief History of Time.
At the age of 22, Prof Hawking was given only a few years to live after being diagnosed with a rare form of motor neurons disease.
What did his children say to his beloved father?
Professor Hawking’s children, Lucy, Robert, and Tim said in a statement
They said: “We have 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 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.
“We will miss him forever.”
They asked for privacy but added their thanks to “everyone who has been by Professor Hawking’s side and supported him – throughout his life”.
The man who is truly an inspiration.
Hawking diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 1963 at the age of 21.
In his 2013 memoir My Brief History, he recalled: “At the time, I thought my life was over and that I would never realize the potential I felt I had.
“But now, 50 years later, I can be quietly satisfied with my life.”
Despite doctors giving him just two years to live after his diagnosis, he went on to study cosmology at Cambridge and became one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Albert Einstein.
Hawking once estimated he worked only 1,000 hours during his three undergraduate years at Oxford. “You were supposed to be either brilliant without effort, or accept your limitations,”. This he wrote in his 2013 autobiography, My Brief History.
Some interesting facts about Stephen
- Born 8 January 1942 in Oxford, England
- Hawking’s father was a doctor of tropical medicine and wanted his son to follow him into the profession.
- Hawking wanted to be a mathematician, however, so natural sciences was an agreed compromise.
- Earned place at Oxford University to read natural science in 1959, before studying for his Ph.D. at Cambridge
- By 1963, was diagnosed with motor neuron disease and given two years to live.
- Outlined his theory that black holes emit “Hawking radiation” in 1974
- Published his book A Brief History of Time in 1988, which has sold more than 10 million copies
- In the late 1990s, he was reportedly offered a knighthood, but 10 years later revealed he had turned it down over issues with the government’s funding for science
- His life story was the subject of the 2014 film The Theory of Everything, starring Eddie Redmayne.