Renowned Physicist Stephen Hawking Dies Aged 76

'We still don’t have the technology to verify Stephen Hawking's big ideas'

His children Lucy, Robert and Tim released the following statement.

Many find it surprising, for instance, that, despite his influential body of work, Hawking hasn't yet been awarded the Nobel Prize.

Hawking's death is not only a loss to his family, but also people around the world who have been inspired by him.

Chief Executive and Director of the London-based Francis Crick Institute, Paul Nurse, said that "Stephen Hawking was a great physicist, a great public communicator, and a great icon for science and rationalism throughout the world". But it's not empty. "Think of it as a kind of vacuum energy permeating the fabric of spacetime that defies measure", the scientist said. Directed by James Marsh, this was adapted from the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Hawking.

"His writings were inspirational to many scientists and enriched the lives of millions with the latest science and cosmic perspectives", he said.

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He tweeted: "I just heard about Stephen Hawking's passing". He helped me understand the universe.

Prominent figures across science and culture have paid tribute to Hawking.

"He spoke about the value and fragility of human life and civilisation and greatly enhanced both".

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While he was one of the most brilliant minds, Stephen Hawkings was also a good sport who could admit when he was wrong.

Archive photo of Professor Stephen Hawking, who has died aged 76, and Nobel Prize victor Dorothy Hodgkin, with their portraits unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery in London. "And quite a character".

"A complete, consistent unified theory is only the first step: our goal is a complete understanding of the events around us, and of our own existence", Hawking wrote in "A Brief History of Time", which was published in 1988 and spent over four years on British best-seller charts. "It's fair to say that Hawking radiation is the single biggest clue we have to the ultimate reconciliation of quantum mechanics and gravity, arguably the greatest challenge facing theoretical physics today". It was an honor to have him on The #BigBangTheory. "Thank you for inspiring us and the world".

Hawking's work on black holes earned him early fame.

Later popular books included Black Holes and Baby Universes, The Universe in a Nutshell, A Briefer History of Time, and My Brief History. "It'll also make you feel smart and stupid all at once", he added.

Hawking's also made a cameo in a 1993 Star Trek: The Next Generation episode where he played poker with Einstein and Newton. His grit and tenacity inspired people all over the world.

"His demise is anguishing".

Professor Hawking became so famous that he made guest appearances in various TV programmes like The Simpsons, and The Big Bang Theory.

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