Professor Stephen Hawking dies age 76.
Written by Josh Agnew on March 14, 2018
He died peacefully at his home in Cambridge in the early hours of this morning, according to a statement from his family.
“He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years,” the family statement said.
“His family have kindly requested that they be given the time and privacy to mourn his passing, but they would like to thank everyone who has been by Professor Hawking’s side — and supported him — throughout his life”.
Stephen Hawking’s children Lucy, Robert and Tim said they “were deeply saddened by their father’s passing”.
“He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world,” they said.
In 1963, Stephen was diagnosed with motor neurone disease and was told he only had two years to live.
Professor Hawking desired to explain some of the most complicated questions of life, while working under the shadow of a likely premature death.
The British theoretical physicist and black-hole theorist brought science to a mass audience with his best-selling book A Brief History of Time. It sold at least 10 million copies in 40 different languages and was on the best-seller list of the UK’s Sunday Times newspaper for a record 237 weeks.