Physicist Stephen Hawking, who conquered the stars, dies at 76

Stephen Hawking

Scientist and broadcaster Professor Brian Cox tweeted: 'Sad to hear about Stephen Hawking.

"We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today".

"His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world".

Through thick and thin, Hawking was always there to remind us: "Life would be tragic if it weren't funny".

"Name a scientist in another field of science who's had the same kind of impact - it's really difficult".

Most people's passion, ambition and ability to laugh would crumble in the face of a degenerative disorder, but Stephen Hawking was not most people. Stephen Hawking's SGD system combined relatively simple technology together in a unique and functional way. "I could see that they didn't expect them to have much effect".

Of course, there were science popularizers before Hawking: Researchers like Jane Goodall and Richard Dawkins changed the way we think about ourselves.

Many stories about Hawking's death used phrases such as "overcame his disability", or "in spite of his disability", which Starkloff said have negative connotations. The origins and size of the universe and the inner workings of time are esoteric matters, and to get at Hawking's bird's-eye view one would need to be quite a high-flying bird.

In 1988, Hawking published his book titled A Brief History of Time, in which he explains the idea behind cosmology, black holes, and the big bang.

More comments taken directly form the Fox News Facebook thread.These people are saying some of the most insensitive, messed up things I've ever seen - all because of a difference in beliefs.

He suggested that even after a black hole has evaporated, the information it consumed during its life remains in a fuzzy "halo" - but not necessarily in the proper order. Starkloff and her late husband Max Starkloff, who was disabled, met Hawking at a White House reception in 1998. The physicist also celebrated his 59th birthday at the Oberoi Towers hotel where he stayed. In 1959, he entered Oxford University and then went on to graduate work at Cambridge.

"A loss for all humanity. And only when I lost my body did I feel what I was missing". Hawking married his one-time nurse Elaine Mason four years later, but the relationship was dogged by rumors of abuse. Actor Eddie Redmayne's portrayal of Hawking in the film won him an Oscar for Best Actor.

He was inducted into the Royal Society in 1974 and received the Albert Einstein Award in 1978.

From Hollywood to Bollywood, condolences poured in for Hawking.

The average survival time for those affected by ALS is three years, according to the ALS Association.

Ravaged by a wasting motor neurone disease he developed at 21, Prof Hawking was confined to a wheelchair for most of his life having initially being told he had just months to live.

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