Published On: Wed, Mar 14th, 2018

World renowned physicist Stephen Hawking dies aged 76


Professor Stephen Hawking, the greatest theoretical physicist of our time, died at the age of 76 at his home in Cambridge, England, his family announced.  can also evaporate under certain conditions.

Hawking, best known for his book A Brief History of Time, which describes the evolution of the universe from the Big Bang in a popular way. He was particularly interested in relativity and black holes. He discovered that black holes leak energy and fade to nothing under certain conditions – a phenomenon that would later become known as Hawking radiation.

Hawking talked a lot about finding the “theory of everything,” but also argued that it was possible to show that such a theory could not be found.

Hawking, described by many as an atheist (including his ex-wife, Jane), said he was “not religious in the conventional sense” and believed that “the universe is governed by the laws of physics.

“These laws may have been legislated by God, but God does not interfere and violate the laws,” he said.

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At the age of 22, Hawking became ill at ALS, also known as the Lou Gehrig disease. The disease eventually causes total paralysis but does not impair brain activity. Hawking proved this through ongoing scientific activity, using the computer in his research and synthesizing a voice for his lectures.
Although life expectancy since the diagnosis of the disease is only a few years, Hawking has faced it for five decades.

His children, Lucy, Robert, and Tim, said In a statement: “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. 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 praised his “courage and persistence” and said his “brilliance and humor” inspired people across the world.

Hawking became a cultural icon on TV shows like Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Simpsons, The Big Bang and Futurama. He also contributed the sound of the synthesizer to the Pink Floyd band in “The Division Bell.”


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