Editorial: Famous physicist Stephen Hawking has died

All you need to know about Elaine Mason Stephen Hawking's second wife

Stephen Hawking (1942-2018) was not only one of the most brilliantly original scientists the world has seen, he was, arguably, the voice of cosmology over the past four decades.

The theoretical physicist was known for bringing clarity to some of the most mind-bending ideas in science and his final days were no exception.

Hawking was equally impressed with the actor's talent, and had some kind words for Redmayne after he won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

In an interview with The Guardian in 2011, Hawking also shared his view on life, death and what comes next.

He narrated a segment of the opening ceremony of the London Paralympic Games in August 2012, the year he turned 70. It was distorted along another dimension - always getting fractionally closer to, but never becoming, nothing.

"He identified what he could do well, exceptionally well, and focussed on that, not what he couldn't do". It just looks that way from our perspective. He made a series of revolutionary contributions as well as smaller ones which are also equally important.

In 1979 he was appointed Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University - a post previously held by Newton - where he had moved from Oxford University to study theoretical astronomy and cosmology.

Stephen Hawking was a man of exceptional power of spirit and a model of civic stance.

"The downside of my celebrity is that I cannot go anywhere in the world without being recognized.It is not enough for me to wear dark sunglasses and a wig".

Published for the first time in 1988, "A Brief History of Time" stayed on the Sunday Times bestsellers list for an unprecedented 237 weeks. "I believe that the long-term future of the human race must be in space", Hawking told CNN's Becky Anderson. More recently he said artificial intelligence (AI) could contribute to the eradication of disease and poverty, while warning of its potential dangers. - to ITV in 2017.

"We lost a great one today".

In a statement after Hawking's death at age 76 on Wednesday, she said: "He was a brilliant example on how to face disease with courage".

With Einstein, most people are familiar with e = mc2, but they don't know what it means. In February 1990, after 25 years of marriage, he left the wife who bore him three children to set up home with one of his nurses, Elaine Mason.

His work ranged from the origins of the universe, through the tantalising prospect of time travel to the mysteries of space's all-consuming black holes.

"I think it would be a disaster. He didn't need wings to fly as he worked his way around", added Naufal Zamri and Amaan-ul-Haq, Grade 10 students at GEMS Wellington Academy, Al Khail. He declined to comment on whether Hawking should have been awarded the prestigious prize, in line with the Nobel policy.

His life's work centred on linking together the apparently irreconcilable laws of general relativity and quantum mechanics.

Professor Stephen Toope, vice chancellor of the University of Cambridge, paid tribute, saying: "Professor Hawking was a unique individual who will be remembered with warmth and affection not only in Cambridge but all over the world".

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