Stephen Hawking, Theoretical Physicist and Author, Dies at 76

James Marshall
March 14, 2018

A family spokesman confirmed the news to the BBC.

One of Hawking's best-known scientific contributions is the concept of Hawking radiation - the idea that black holes radiate a trickle of energy due to the quantum nature of spacetime.

His was dubbed one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Albert Einstein. As his condition worsened, he had to resort to speaking through a voice synthesiser and communicating by moving his eyebrows.

Professor Hawking sought to explain some of the most complicated questions of life while himself working under the shadow of a likely premature death.

But the power of his intellect contrasted cruelly with the weakness of his body, ravaged by the wasting motor neurone disease he contracted at the age of 21.

While visiting Seattle, Stephen Hawking was asked how he'd describe his quality of life in light of his long struggle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

He completed his doctorate on the origins of the universe, became a research fellow at Caius College and married Wilde in 1965. In 2009, President Barack Obama awarded Hawking with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

His other popular books included The Universe in a Nutshell (2001), On the Shoulders of Giants (2002), A Briefer History of Time (2005) and The Grand Design (2010).

Hawking separated from his wife in 1991 and married his nurse, Elaine Mason, four years later.

The astrophysicist, who was at the Cambridge University since 1962, was also the subject of the 2014 film "The Theory Of Everything", starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. They divorced in 2007.

We were on earth at the same time as Stephen Hawking.

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