Stephen Hawking dies at 76

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Professor Stephen Hawkings who was a fellow of the Royal Society and a member of US National Academy of Science died at the age of 76 on Wednesday.

He was regarded as brilliant Physicists since Einstein.

His body was paralyzed by a disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis when he was 21. He amazed doctors by living with the fatal illness for more than 50 years. Later in 1985, a severe pneumonia attack left him breathing through a tube.

His children Lucy, Robert and Tim said in a statement,” He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years.”

The scientist used to write lucidly of the mysteries of space, time and block holes. His book “A Brief History of Time” became an international bestseller with more than 10 million copies sold worldwide. It made him one of science biggest celebrities since Albert Einstein.

He had 13 honorary degrees. He was awarded the CBE (1982), Companion of Honor (1989) and Presidential Medal of Freedom (2009). He also won a few prizes like Wolf Foundation prize (1988) Fundamental Physical prize (2013), Copley Medal (2006).

The physicist was born in 1942 in England. He studied physics at University College, Oxford. His father urged him to focus on medicine. He wanted to study mathematics but it was not available at his university.

The scientist also gained popularity on TV by shows like Red Dwarf, The Simpsons, and The Big Bang Theory. Benedict Cumberbatch portrayed him in a movie called ‘Theory of Everything’ in 2014.

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