Legendary Scientist Stephen Hawking Passes Away At Age 76 Years

| March 14 , 2018 , 11:09 IST

Marking an end of an era, legendary scientist, British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking died peacefully at the age of 76 at his home in Cambridge on Wednesday. Considered to be one of the greatest scientists since Albert Einstein, coincidently Hawking died on the birth anniversary of Einstein, who was born on March 14, 1879.

Hawking's children Lucy, Robert and Tim issued an official statement on his death, saying, "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 humour inspired people across the world. He once said, 'it would not be much of a universe if it wasn't home to the people you love.' We will miss him forever."

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Stephen Hawking wrote the worldwide best-selling book 'A Brief History of Time' and was himself the subject of the Oscar-nominated film 'The Theory of Everything'.

In 1963, at the age of 21 years, Hawking was diagnosed with a rare early-onset slow-progressing form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as motor neurone disease or Lou Gehrig's disease, which slowly paralysed him over the years. Ultimately, he was able to communicate only by moving a muscle in his cheek, which was connected to a computer. At the time of diagnosis, Hawking was given a life expectancy of only 2 years, but lived on for 55 more years until his death on Wednesday.