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British scientist Stephen Hawking dies aged 76

British scientist Stephen Hawking dies aged 76

Hawking was diagnosed with a slow-progressing form of amyoptrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) which gradually saw him paralysed.

The best-known theoretical physicist of his time, Professor Hawking wrote so lucidly of the mysteries of space, time and black holes that his book, A Brief History of Time, became an global bestseller, making him one of science's biggest celebrities since Albert Einstein.

Published for the first time in 1988, the title made the Guinness Book of Records after it stayed on the Sunday Times bestsellers list for an unprecedented 237 weeks.

Professor Stephen Hawking is pictured during a visit to Cape Finisterre, some 90 km from Santiago, northwestern Spain in 2008. But there have been several eccentric minds, who solved some of the greatest mysteries such as the behavior of black holes by Stephen Hawking. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humor inspired people across the world.

He said: "Perhaps one day we will be able to use gravitational waves to look back into the heart of the Big Bang".

Since then, the professor used a voice synthesiser which enabled him to control a computer screen using his cheek for data entry.

Plait described how Hawking discovered how "the most powerful objects in the Universe" black holes "eventually dissolve", and how Hawking lived for another 55 years despite his ALS diagnosis.

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His primary contributions were understanding the connections between thermosdynamics, black holes and quantum mechanics, Easther said. He and his first wife, Jane Wilde, Wednesday when he was still a grad student and remained together for 30 years before divorcing in 1995. The couple split after 25 years and he married his former nurse, Elaine Mason, but the union broke down amid allegations, denied by him, of abuse.

Hawking said making the first moves into space would "elevate humanity" because it would have to involve many countries.

A previous holder of the prestigious post was the 17th-century British scientist Isaac Newton.

"Professor Stephen Hawking was an outstanding scientist and academic". President Ram Nath Kovind also paid his respects to the legend: Google CEO Sundar Pichai tweeted: "The world has lost a lovely mind and a brilliant scientist. He once said, aIt would not be much of a universe if it wasn't home to the people you love.' We will miss him for ever", the statement added.

Pop culture fans should recognise Hawking from his guest spot (as his own hologram) in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, "Descent", or his appearances on The Simpsons, Futurama, and others.

"His passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake", tweeted Neil deGrasse Tyson.

"We lost a great one today. Think of it as a kind of vacuum energy permeating the fabric of spacetime that defies measure".


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