By Francine Ciasico
Award-winning scientist Stephen Hawking passed away at the age of 76 on Wednesday morning at his home in Cambridge, England.
“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,” Hawking’s wife Lucy and sons Robert and Tim said, according to reports.
The family added, “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.”
In 1962, Hawking was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21 and was expected to live for only two more years. However, the progress of Hawking’s disease was slow which made him live for more than fifty years.
Hawking took his undergraduate studies at Oxford then moved to Cambridge to pursue his doctorate degree. His theories contributed a lot to modern science, specifically in cosmology as he studied black holes and other singularities in the universe to discover the beginning of time.
The theoretical physicist shot into fame when his book, “A Brief History of Time”, published in 1988, was featured on Sunday Times bestsellers list for more than four years, and made its title on the Guinness Book of Records.
In 2014, the biographical romantic drama film titled “The Theory of Everything” depicted Hawking’s life during his stay at Cambridge University. It starred English actor Eddie Redmayne who portrayed Hawking.
The film was adapted from the book “Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen” written by author and teacher Jane Hawking, Stephen’s ex-wife.