“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.
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.
Remembering Stephen Hawking, a renowned physicist and ambassador of science. His theories unlocked a universe of possibilities that we & the world are exploring. May you keep flying like superman in microgravity, as you said to astronauts on @Space_Station in 2014 pic.twitter.com/FeR4fd2zZ5
— NASA (@NASA) March 14, 2018
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:
Professor Stephen Hawking was an outstanding scientist and academic. His grit and tenacity inspired people all over the world. His demise is anguishing. Professor Hawking’s pioneering work made our world a better place. May his soul rest in peace.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 14, 2018
Sad to hear of the passing of scientist Stephen Hawking. His brilliant mind made our world and our universe a less mysterious place. And his courage and resilience will remain an inspiration for generations #PresidentKovind
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) March 14, 2018
VERY sad to hear about the passing of Stephen Hawking – not just a brilliant man but a fighter… highly recommend you watch #TheTheoryOfEverything in his honor, especially if you never saw it pic.twitter.com/6wGgxGzcSr
— Grace Randolph (@GraceRandolph) March 14, 2018
Stephen Hawking’s brief history ended tonight.
“There is a fundamental difference between religion, which is based on authority, and science, which is based on observation and reason.
Science will win, because it works.” – #StephenHawking
— Dean Murphy (@DeanModified) March 14, 2018