Famed Cosmologist Stephen Hawking Dies Peacefully In His Home At 76

Famed Cosmologist Stephen Hawking Dies Peacefully In His Home At 76

'We have lost a truly handsome mind, an astonishing scientist and the funniest man I have ever had the pleasure to meet, ' Redmayne said of Hawking. He may not have been the greatest physicist of all time and did not get the Nobel Prize.

Hawking has often been compared to Albert Einstein, who did win a Nobel Prize.

The college, where Professor Hawking spent 52 of his 76 years, has opened a book of condolences which has been signed by well over 1,000 people already.

Margareta Thorgren told Sweden's TT news agency that Swedish royals met Hawking several times. In a report from NME, Jim Parsons shared an on-set photo of Hawking together with the cast via Instagram and wrote a simple yet touching message: "Thank you, Stephen Hawking". And though he was confined to a wheelchair and was paralyzed, Hawking continued his work.

Sometimes it feels like science is losing ground in the modern world, but people still look to the stars for answers about who we are and how we come to be here.

"He has inspired a whole generation with his ability to present complex science in a popular way". He was also wonderfully amusing with a fantastic media savviness that propelled him into A-list celebrity stardom as few other scientists before.

Eddie Redmayne - who won an Oscar for his portrayal of Stephen in The Theory of Everything - lead the downpour of celebrity tributes.

When David Gilmour saw a TV ad in the 1990's featuring Hawking he chose to use samples from of it on "Keep Talking" from 1994's The Division Bell and again on "Talkin Hawkin" found on 2014's The Endless River. However, despite Hawking's challenges and his overt sarcasm, he always maintained a positive outlook on life and he had a constant desire to work toward something bigger than himself. He not only survived but became the most famous scientist that we know today.

"Around a third of people with MND die within a year of diagnosis and as yet we have no cure and no effective treatment".

The University of Cambridge, where Prof Hawking completed his PhD and went on to become Lucasian Professor of Mathematics - a role once held by Sir Isaac Newton - described him as "an inspiration to millions".

Kaley Cuoco, who plays Penny on The Big Bang Theory, in which Hawking appeared as a cameo, said: "He made us laugh and we made him laugh".

In 1963, while a graduate student at Oxford, Hawking found out he had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which eventually made him unable to control his body beyond moving his eyes and flexing his fingers.

Hawking was a man with so many limitations: his wheelchair became the chamber for his body, he lost the use of his voice during a particularly hard time with his health, and he divorced twice - the latter, his former nurse accused of abusing him.

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