Brilliant British scientist Stephen Hawking dies at 76. The British theoretical physicist who overcame a destructive disease to become globally respected and best-known scientist has died.
Hawking was director of research in applied mathematics and theoretical physics at the University of Cambridge and under of the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology. He was also the author of many books such as including the landmark “A Brief History of Time.”
He was a famous ambassador for science and popular for his perception on the existence of God, quantum gravity, and black holes.
Dr. Hawking suffered since the age of 21 from ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a degenerative motor neuron disease is commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
He was paralyzed and living his life in a wheelchair. He was totally dependent on technology or on others for daily activities such as dressing, eating, bathing, even speech.
Hawking became popular with his a 2012 cameo on “The Big Bang Theory” and “The Theory of Everything” in 2014—a movie based on his life and career. He was awarded the Commander in the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1982. Besides, in 2009 he was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom award by President Barack Obama.
“We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today,” Hawking’s children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, said in a statement, “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 humor inspired people across the world.”