Professor Stephen Hawking, the renowned British physicist and author of A Brief History of Time, has died at the age of 76.
According to several reports, he passed away on Wednesday morning (March 14) in his home in Cambridge, England.
He died peacefully at his home in Cambridge in the early hours of Wednesday morning, his family said.
Prof Hawking, one of the world’s finest scientific minds, was diagnosed with a rare form of motor neurone disease in 1964 at the age of 22 and was given just a few years to live.
He eventually became confined to a wheelchair and dependent on a computerised voice system for communication.
Despite this, he continued to travel the world giving lectures and writing scientific papers about the basic laws that govern the universe. Prof Hawking explained the Big Bang and black holes in his best-selling book A Brief History Of Time.
His family has confirmed the demise of a statement released to the public:
“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 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.”
As tributes to the acclaimed physicist poured in from around the world, Prime Minister Theresa May said he was “a brilliant and extraordinary mind – one of the great scientists of his generation” whose “courage, humour and determination to get the most from life was an inspiration”.
The University of Cambridge said he was “an inspiration to millions” and his work will leave “an indelible legacy”.
Our thoughts are with his family at this time.
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