Stephen Hawking, the biggest star of modern science dies at 76

“I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first” Stephen Hawking famously told The Guardian in 2011.

In 1963 Professor Stephen William Hawking, the renowned physicist was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21. While doctors had expected to live only for two years, Hawking defied their predictions and has survived for more than half a century.

Due to the illness, Hawking lost his mobility and had to spend most part of his life in a wheelchair and used to speak only through a voice synthesiser.

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Meanwhile, the cosmologist has been an inspiration to every human on this planet.

On this, he said, “At the time, I thought my life was over and that I would never realise the potential I felt I had. But now, 50 years later, I can be quietly satisfied with my life.”

In a shocking statement released by Hawking’s family in the early hours of Wednesday’s morning, it was announced that Hawkings had passed away in the British university city of Cambridge at the age of 76.

Expressing their grief, Hawking’s children, Robert, Tim, and Lucy said in a statement, “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today.”

Praising him as a great scientist, they said, “He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years.”

Further, his family said, “His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world.”

Meanwhile, tributes have poured in for the Professor from all around the world since the announcement of his death. Here, check out the tweets:

 

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