Science Weekly podcast: A brief history of Stephen Hawking

James Marshall
June 11, 2019

Stephen Hawking, the brightest star in the firmament of science, whose insights shaped modern cosmology and inspired global audiences in the millions, has died aged 76. "The Galaxy Song" originally appeared in a key scene of the 1983 Python film The Meaning of Life, but the legendary comedy troupe performed a reconfigured version of the tune on its Live (mostly) tour, with Hawking lending his (famously electronic) pipes.

Following his passing, celebrities from all realms paid tribute to this extraordinary man.

As one of Isaac Newton's successors as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University, Hawking was involved in the search for the great goal of physics - a "unified theory".

Former president Barack Obama had kind words for the late scientist.

The best-known theoretical physicist of his time, Hawking wrote so lucidly of the mysteries of space, time and black holes that his book "A Brief History of Time" became an global best seller, making him one of science's biggest celebrities since Albert Einstein.

British astronaut and scientist Tim Peake also sent his condolences following Hawking's death.

The cast of The Big Bang Theory fondly remembered their beloved guest star.

Hawking also selectively chose a few talk show appearances, including a surprise phone call to Jim Carrey when the latter was guesting on Conan, and a amusing informative interview with John Oliver in 2014.

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