The Visionary and Legendary Physicist Stephen Hawking Dies at 76

Stephen Hawking

With a peace of heart, he died at his home Cambridge on Wednesday in the early hours. He had achieved fame for contributing his time for the work in relativity and black holes. A Brief History of Time is one of his popular works of all time apart from other books. The word indeed misses a visionary leader – Stephen Hawking.

When he was 22-years-old, Professor Hawking listened to a news related to his living. Doctors said he has only a few years to live as he was diagnosed with a motor neurone disease – a rare one in fact.

This illness made him stick to the wheelchair and he can only speak through a voice synthesizer. In a statement his children, Lucy, Robert, and Tim said: “We have 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.” They have praised his persistence and courage and his brilliance inspired 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.”

Black Hole 100000 larger than the sun
Black Hole

A book of condolence is in pending to be unveiled at Gonville and Caius college in Cambridge. Professor Hawking – the first man to set out a cosmology theory as a relativity and quantum mechanics union. He also made a discovery on “black holes will leak energy and fade to nothing”. This phenomenon will later take the name – Hawking radiation.

The physicist gained the fame outside the world of the academy and appeared in many TV shows. He was portrayed on TV as well as in the film. Recently, a film based on Hawking, The Theory of Everything has won Oscar. Eddie Redmayne played Stephen Hawking in the movie.

The actor paid tribute to him, saying: “We have lost a truly beautiful mind, an astonishing scientist and the funniest man I have ever had the pleasure to meet.

“My love and thoughts are with his extraordinary family.”

Facts of Visionary Stephen Hawking

  • He stepped in the word on January 8, 1942, in Oxford, England
  • Stephen headed to Oxford University to study natural science in 1959 before going for Ph.D. at Cambridge
  • Hawking diagnosed with a rare motor neurone disease in 1963 and had a chance to live for two years
  • He outlined Hawking Radiation theory on black holes emitting energy in 1974
  • Once held by Issac Newton and the next is Stephen Hawking as the  Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the Cambridge in 1979
  • In 1988, he published a book A Brief History in Time and it sold more than 10 million copies
  • He offered a knighthood in the late 1990s but after 10 years he turned it down as issues with the funding from the government for science has risen
  • A storyline framed up on his life in the year 2014 and the title goes as – The Theory of Everything. 

As the death statement announced, tributes offered to him from thousands of people. Hawking had an amazing determination and willpower.

Prime Minister Theresa May called him a “brilliant and extraordinary mind” and “one of the great scientists of his generation”.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn praised the scientist for his “determination to explain the mysteries of the cosmos” and his “burning passion to protect our National Health Service.”

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the web, said: “We have lost a colossal mind and a wonderful spirit. Rest in peace, Stephen Hawking,” he said.

Related: Most distant black hole discovered in space by scientists. 

Cambridge vice-chancellor where Hawking worked and studied, Professor Stephen Toope said he was a unique individual and he will be in memory with warmth and affection.

Personal Life and Honors

Moreover, Hawking in 1982, claimed the title ‘Commander of the Order of the British Empire’. His other honors include  ‘the Paul Dirac Medal’,  ‘the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society’, ‘the Wolf Prize’, ‘Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize’, ‘Companion of Honor by Her Highness’, ‘the Presidential Medal of Freedom’,  ‘the Copley Medal’, ‘the Russian Fundamental Physics Prize’, etc.

Jane Milde – a friend of his sister, his first wife meeting happened just before the illness diagnosis. They both married in 1965. As his physical condition deprived and global popularity increased, their marriage turned into a big burden on Jane and the new relationship stressed a lot.

Later in 1980, he had an affair with one of the nurses, Elaine Manson and divorcing Jane, he married Manson in 1995. Even the divorced with Elaine in 2006. Increasingly, his physical condition began to deteriorate and since 2009, he hospitalized many times.

He worked closely with the scientists to translate the patterns of the brain into switching activation.