British Theoretical Physicist And Cosmologist Stephen Hawking Dies At The Age Of 76. This Is How The World Reacted.

British Theoretical Physicist And Cosmologist Stephen Hawking Dies At The Age Of 76. This Is How The World Reacted.

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Renowned British scientist Stephen Hawking, famous for his innovative ideas in theoretical physics and space research, died at the age of 76.


"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 children Lucy, Robert, and Tim said in a statement.


The famous astrophysicist had been battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a debilitating neurological condition, for more than half a century


Born in 1942 in Oxford, Stephen Hawking was one of four kids and the eldest son of Frank and Isobel Hawking, both Oxford University graduates. His mother had once said that her son had always been adamant in pursuing a career in theoretical astronomy: “Stephen always had a strong sense of wonder, and I could see that the stars would draw him.”


At the age of 20, Hawking graduated with first-class honors in natural science at Oxford's University College and shortly after started his graduate work in cosmology at Trinity Hall in Cambridge.


Diagnosed with the slow-progressing disease at the age of 21, the physicist was given only two years to live. However, beating all the odds, he managed to build an exceptional career as a theoretical physicist and cosmologist and popularize science with his best-selling book, 'A Brief History of Time.'


Stephen Hawking believed in the colonization of Mars. He argued that the Earth is “becoming too small for us” and will soon be unable to sustain human life. He also said people would eventually master space travel beyond the Solar System, and even our generation could manage to send a probe to Alpha Centauri, the star system that's closest to Earth.


Despite having multiple health problems and being almost entirely paralyzed, Hawkins, who had studied black holes and theories of gravity throughout his life, didn't give up on his dream to travel in space.


“My three children have brought me great joy – and I can tell you what will make me happy, to travel in space,” he said in March last year after billionaire Richard Branson offered to take him on his Virgin Galactic spaceship. “I said yes immediately,” Hawking had said at the time.


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Throughout his life, Stephen has received countless awards including the Order of the Companions of Honour from the Queen

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And a Presidential Medal Of Freedom by U.S. president Barrack Obama, to name a few

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He has also been hosted by Nelson Mandela

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Professor Hawking was famous for his skeptical view of humans' ability to maintain Earth intact. In May 2017, he claimed that humanity only has approximately 100 years left to colonize another plant if it wants to survive.


Hawking also predicted we would be "superseded" by powerful artificial intelligence (AI) in the case that the progress in robotic research and development continues at a steady pace. The scientist claimed that robots would eventually develop AI that would be no different from the human brain. In the face of a looming robot apocalypse, in March 2017 he floated the idea of creating “some form of world government” to avert artificial intelligence from overpowering its mortal creators.


Hawking’s name has long since become a part of popular culture, something that is perhaps unusual for a scientist. He made a cameo in TV series 'The Big Bang Theory' and inspired the Oscar-winning movie 'The History of Everything,' where his character was played by Eddie Redmayne.


Hawking didn't shy away from politics either. In one of his recent endeavors, he joined a campaign against the UK government’s policy which could lead to the privatization, or “Americanization,” of the national healthcare service.


Hawking was married twice, first to Jane Wilde, with whom he had three kids Robert in 1967, daughter Lucy in 1970, and Timothy in 1979. In 1995, he married his former nurse, Elaine, who he later divorced in 2006. While he never remarried, it was reported that Hawking grew closer to his first wife in his later years.


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