Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking dies aged 76
Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has died today aged 76.
His family released a statement in the early hours of Wednesday morning confirming his death at his home in Cambridge.
Hawking’s 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.
“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 for ever.”
Hawking will be remembered for many contributions to physics including his first major breakthrough came in 1970, when he and Roger Penrose applied the mathematics of black holes to the entire universe, helping confirm the presence of a big bang event.
He was also known by many for having motor neurone disease which he was diagnosed with in 1963 at the age of 21. Doctors expected him to live for only two more years but his form of the disease progressed more slowly than usual, allowing him to survive with the condition for more than fifty years.
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