Stephen Hawking, world renowned physicist and theorist, dies at 76

Stephen Hawking, world renowned physicist and theorist, dies at 76

- Stephen Hawking, an award-winning physicist and influential author, died peacefully, a family spokesman confirmed

- In a statement released for press, Hawking’s children said he passed away early hours of Wednesday at his home in Cambridge

- The science community, as well as renowned celebrities have expressed their messages of grief and sorrow for the loss of one of the best minds of modern physics

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Stephen Hawking, named one of the brightest stars and minds in the firmament of modern science, has passed away. He was 76.

The family of the author of “A Brief History of Time” announced the heartbreaking news through a statement, saying he passed away during the early hours of Wednesday while in his home in Cambridge.

"We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today," professor Hawking's children, Lucy, Robert, and Tim said in a statement carried by Britain's Press Association news agency.

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"He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years."

Many scientists and men of science who were inspired by Hawking’s work has also expressed their shock and grief over their idol’s passing.

Neil Degrasse Tyson posted on his Twitter account how much he feels that his passing left ‘an intellectual vacuum’ in today’s time. “His passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake. But it's not empty. Think of it as a kind of vacuum energy permeating the fabric of spacetime that defies measure. Stephen Hawking, RIP 1942-2018.”

NASA’s Twitter account also led the tributes to Stephen Hawking, saying his "theories unlocked a universe of possibilities". On the association’s tweet, they wished Hawking is now able to fly like Superman.

“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”

Sean Carroll, a physics professor at US university Caltech, said: "Stephen Hawking was the rare famous scientist who deserved every bit of his fame. A brilliant physicist and an inspirational person. And quite a character."

Many actors, musicians, and men on different fields—science or not, also posted their message of grief online.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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