Renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking dies at 76
- Renowned British theoretical physicist and Cambridge Professor Stephen Hawking has died peacefully at his home in Cambridge at the age of 76, according to a spokesperson for the Hawking family.
In a statement released to several media outlets, Professor Hawking’s children Lucy, Robert, and Tim requested “time and privacy to mourn.”
“We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today,” they wrote. “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 forever.”
He was diagnosed with ALS in 1963 at the age of 21,he thought he’d have only two more years to live. His disease led to his mobility limited by the use of a wheelchair, as well as the use of a synthetic speech device.
- In 1970, he collaborated with UK physicist Roger Penrose on a paper proposing that a full understanding of general relativity indicates that the universe began as a singularity, and published work that offered some partial solutions to the apparent incompatibility between general relativity and quantum theory.
In 1974, he formulated the first theoretical explanation of Hawking radiation, which proposes black holes can radiate energy and thus slowly dissipate or in the case of primordial mini-black holes, violently explode.
He later published the book "A Brief History of Time", which took him to best-seller status, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS).
He received the 2015 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award, and the lifetime achievement award "for his contribution to science and British culture" at the 2016 Pride of Britain Awards.
In 2014, Academy Award film "The Theory of Everything" was released, which was adaptation of his life, directed by James Marsh, starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones.
- source : Gizmodo