Wed 14 Mar 2018, 08:55
People around the world are reacting to news of Stephen Hawking’s death.
Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, who suffered from Lou Gehrig's disease for most of his life, passed away in Cambridge on Wednesday, 14 March 2018, aged 76. In a statement, Stephen Hawking's children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, described him as a "great scientist and an extraordinary man".
Despite being given only two years to live after being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease in 1963, Stephen Hawking had a long career as one of the worlds most prominent scientific thinkers. Perhaps best known for his best-selling book A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking was a prominent figure in both the scientific world and popular culture throughout his life.
Stephen Hawking's book, A Brief History of Time, explained complex astrophysical concepts in an accessible and entertaining manner. A Brief History of Time spent 5 years on the Sunday Times' bestseller list and has been published in over 35 languages. Despite being aimed at non-scientists, the book reflected his immense scientific ambition, best summed up in this Stephen Hawking quote: "My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all."
In addition to publishing several books, Hawking has appeared in popular TV series including Star Trek, The Simpsons and The Big Bang Theory. In 2014, a movie about Stephen Hawkin'gs life titled The Theory of Everything was released to critical acclaim. It was nominated for five Oscars; Felicity Jones, who played Stephen Hawking's first wife, Jane Wilde, was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar while lead actor Eddie Redmayne won Best Actor for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking.
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