One of the greatest minds of the 21st century Stephen Hawking has died at 76.
His family confirmed his death, remembering Hawking’s legacy as a father, his children have requested to pray for the departed soul and also to give them some time and privacy to absorb this grief.
The Cambridge University Scientist was arguably – the most influential physicist of the modern era. His groundbreaking theories like the ‘Black holes’ and several others have changed the perspective how scientists used to view the universe.
As a leading physicist, Stephen Hawking had reshaped Cosmology when he first theorized it with the explanation by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics.
His book ‘The Brief History of Time’ 1988 had sold more than 10 million copies and appeared on the British Sunday Times best-seller list for 237 weeks consecutively.
Stephen Hawking faced severe criticism for his discovery of the black holes. In 1974, he outlined his theory that black holes emit radiation. And this theory was later named as “Hawking Radiation” – a controversial one.
At the age of 21, Hawking was diagnosed motor neuron disease and was barely given only a few years to live.
His disease gradually paralyzed him and he was later confined to a wheelchair. In 1985, a tracheotomy had deprived Stephen Hawking from his speaking capability.
But he still used to hold large public gatherings while communicating with a computer-aided speech system. And by 2005, he began to control his communication device with his cheek muscles.
The late British Physicist has left his family behind to mourn.
Tim, Robert and Lucy – three of his children have said:
“Our father was a great scientist. We are deeply saddened that our beloved father has passed away.”
“His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humor 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.”
REMEMBERING: STEPHEN HAWKING
◊ He was born on 8 January 1942 in Oxford, England
◊ Before his PHD at Cambridge, he studied Natural Science in 1959 at Oxford University
◊ In 1963, Stephen Hawking was struck with a rare disease of motor neurone
◊ He outlined his famous theory of the Black Holes in 1974
◊ During the Vietnam War, Hawking marched against the US move
◊ He never endorsed Wars or any form of Violence
◊ Campaign for Nuclear disarmament
◊ Had severe concerns over Trump’s policies on Global warming
◊ Not a firm believer in Religion. Science was more of a GOD for him
◊ Made appearances in several Television Shows
◊ He was a prominent public figure due to his charismatic personality
◊ An Oscar winning movie “The Theory of Everything” was based on Hawking’s life
Stephen Hawking was not exclusively an academic, in fact, he was a symbol of great intellect – a sheer warrior who fought his way regardless of his disabilities.
His students recall how Hawking used to infuse wit and humor during his lectures in order to bridge the gap between complicated subjects and a student’s understanding.
List of books authored by Stephen Hawking
A Brief History of Time (1988)
- Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays (1993)
- The Universe in a Nutshell (2001)
- On The Shoulders of Giants (2002)
- God Created the Integers:The Mathematical Breakthroughs That Changed History(2005)
- The Dreams That Stuff Is Made of: The Most Astounding Papers of Quantum Physics and How They Shook the Scientific World (2011)
- My Brief History (2013)