Stephen Hawking, British physicist, cosmologist, astronomer, mathematician has died at the age of 76 at his home in Cambridge. He was famed for his work with black holes and his insights shaped modern cosmology. He wrote several books including his best selling A Brief History of Time.
Professor Hawking was diagnosed with a rare form of neuron disease when he was only 22 and was given only a few years to live. This disease left him in a wheelchair and unable to speak. He later could only speak through a synthesizer.
“I try to lead as normal a life as possible, and not think about my condition, or regret the things it prevents me from doing, which are not that many,” he wrote on his website.
His family released a statement in the early hours of Wednesday morning and said, “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. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humor inspired people across the world.”
Stephen was born in Oxford, England on January 8, 1942. Hawking married twice. He first married to Jane Wilde, when he was a grad student. He divorced Jane in 1995 after being together for 30 years. Later he married Elaine Mason, one of his former nurses.
Hawking leaves behind three children and three grandchildren.