Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking passes away at the age of 76

Mar 14, 2018, 09:27 IST | mid-day online desk

British mathematician, theoretical physicist, cosmologist and author Stephen Hawking, famous for his work on black holes, suffered from Lou Gehrig's disease

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Stephen Hawking

Renowned Physicist Stephen Hawking passed away at the age of 76 as per his family spokes person. Legendary British scientist Stephen Hawking has died at his home in Cambridge aged 76, his family said today.

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," the statement said. "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," it said.

Hawking contracted motor neurone disease in 1963 and was given two years to live but he went on to study at Cambridge and became one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Albert Einstein. The world famous physicist and cosmologist was the subject of the 2014 film 'The Theory Of Everything', which starred Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones.

He was given only a few years to live when his condition was first diagnosed, at the age of 21, but defied medical opinion by living into his 70s. One of the world's longest surviving sufferers of this disease, Stephen Hawking spoke with the help of a voice synthesizer.

Also read: Stephen Hawking: Facts, Trivia About The Eminent Scientist

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