Stephen Hawking, probably the best known scientist in the world, died today at the age of 76. A family spokesperson informed that the professor had gone quietly at his home in Cambridge and his relatives would ask for a moment of peace to celebrate and mourn his death, but thank everyone for their support.

The British astrophysicist, cosmologist and physicist was born on January 9, 1942 at Oxford, England. The best-known of his achievements is the study with Roger Penros, the theorem pertaining to the existence of peculiarities within the framework of general relativity, and the theoretical proof that black holes should emit radiation, which today is known as Hawking radiation. In 1988, he published the book “A Brief History of Time”, which introduces laymen to key issues in the field of physics, astronomy and cosmology. This turned out to be a hit and spread over 10 million copies, which is quite an achievement for her.

At the age of 21, Hawking was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the progression of which caused paralysis of the majority of the body. As a result, he landed in a wheelchair, and in 1985, the tracheotomy deprived him of his voice, which forced him to communicate with the world using a computer speech synthesizer supported by meticulous movements of the cheek.


Hawking emphasized, however, that his significant disability is of little importance in his field of science, or theoretical physics. In his opinion, it even helped him, because he could focus on problems related to physics, keeping a clear mind.

Stephen Hawking’s children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, wrote a short statement with the following content:

“We are deeply touched by the death of our beloved father, he was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and heritage would last for many years, his courage and stubbornness, with brilliance and humor, inspired people all over the world, he once said,” But this universe would be empty without people, whom I love. “We will always miss him always.”

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