RIP Stephen Hawking
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There aren't very many scientists who achieved rock-star status. Stephen Hawking, who has died at the age of 76, family members told British media early Wednesday, was definitely a contender.
"He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years," the family statement said, according to The Guardian. "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 for ever."
Hawking was probably the best-known scientist in the world. He was a theoretical physicist whose early work on black holes transformed how scientists think about the nature of the universe.
But his fame wasn't just a result of his research. Hawking, who suffered from a debilitating neurological disease that made it impossible for him to move his limbs or speak, was also a popular public figure and best-selling author. There was even a biopic about his life, The Theory of Everything, that won an Oscar for the actor, Eddie Redmayne, who portrayed Hawking.
Wide appeal and a sense of humor
When he came to scientific conferences, the audience hung on every word. And it wasn't just the scientists who stood in awe: the general public flocked to him as well. His popular book about his work was a huge best-seller.
It's terrible news. He's lived a life far longer than anyone would have imagined. I just hope his knowledge can be passed on and lived up to. The science world may not see a brain like his for a long time.
Normally this shit doesn’t bother me, and it probably bothers me less feeling like he was living on borrowed time, but man Fuck this. RIP
It’s a real shame, for sure. Brilliant man, constantly proved that for every door that gets closed, you just kick another one down. Truly inspiring. Also surprised he made it that long, however.
I only really got to know of him in through theory of everything (above and beyond the normal) sad loss man, incredible man.
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