Stephen Hawking, one of the greatest scientists of modern world and British physicist who reshaped the insights of modern cosmology and inspired millions of his global audience towards the firmaments of science, passed away today, March 14, 2018, at the age of 76.
The world famous British physicist and cosmologist, Stephen William Hawking has passed away today early morning at his home in Cambridge, England – as per the announcement made by his children Lucy, Robert and Tim. The statement by his family said, “We are 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.” Let’s take a look back into the life of one of the greatest physicists, scientist and cosmologist.
Born on 8 January, 1942 in Oxford in England, Stephen Hawking was extraordinary student since young age and despite being known at school as “Einstein”, Hawking was not initially successful academically. However, he eventually found interest in physics and gained a first-class degree in physics from Oxford, went on to Cambridge for postgraduate research in cosmology. However, in 1963, at the age of 21, Hawking was diagnosed with motor neurone disease aka amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and has spent most of his adulthood, confined in an electric wheelchair. Over years, the disease paralysed most of his body parts, yet, he has become one of the world’s longest survivors of ALS.
Eventually, with years of suffering from the debilitating neurological disease, it made impossible for Hawking to move his limbs or speak, yet he kept working in his field. Perhaps, Stephen Hawking was among the best-known scientist in the world and his work on black holes transformed how scientists think about the nature of the universe. It was his book A Brief History Of Time that cemented his position as one of the best-known scientists of the time. There was even a biopic about his life, The Theory of Everything showing the event in lifetime of Stephen Hawking. Perhaps he has left the world, but his legacy in the world will certainly live on for years to come.