Stephen Hawking–R.I.P.

Sad news Stephen Hawking has died at age 76……

One of the world’s greatest scientific minds has now left this dimension. British cosmologist and physicist Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76, some 55 years after he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at 21 and given two years to live. Family members say Hawking died peacefully early Wednesday at his home in Cambridge, England, the BBC reports. “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,” children Lucy, Robert, and Tim said in a statement, per Sky. “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.”

Hawking, born in 1942, was known for his groundbreaking research on black holes and the origins of the universe. Books like best-seller A Brief History of Time made him what the AP calls “one of science’s biggest celebrities since Albert Einstein,” appearing on shows including The Simpsons and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Signs of his illness—also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease—appeared during his first year of graduate school. He lost what remained of his voice in 1985. “I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years,” he told the Guardian in a 2010 interview. “I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first.”

He will be missed……..


6 thoughts on “Stephen Hawking–R.I.P.

  1. Wait, is this 100% confirmed…or is this another Inter-web hoax? Like the kind that got Gordon Lighfoot declared dead twice now, despite still being alive. After all, Hawking is a PRIME candidate for such a hoax.

    This shrunken, wheelchair bound, shell of a man had a great brain and a cool voice he refused to “update” with the latest technology. From his chair, he fearlessly declared the old god, God, “irrelevant” and warned that the new god, AI, posed an extinction level threat to mankind. (Aliens too, That’s why we shouldn’t be trying to contact them.) And he had a pretty kick-ass TV show that made science look cool.

    Sad to see him go….assuming he is gone.

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