Professor Stephen Hawking has died today at the age of 76 – more than 50 years after he was given just two years to live.
The world’s most celebrated scientist passed away peacefully in Cambridge this morning after a long battle with motor neurone disease, his family has revealed.
Today the last pictures of Professor Hawking emerged and showed him out enjoying dinner in Mayfair with friends just before Christmas and his children visited his home today.
His former personal assistant has said the academic may have died following complications caused by a chest infection, which he suffers from every year.
Today Professor Hawking’s children, Lucy, Robert and Tim said in a statement: ‘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.
‘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’.
They also said their father’s ‘courage, persistence, brilliance and humour inspired people across the world’.
Professor Hawking was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 1963 when he was 21 and he defied medical experts who said he would be dead within two years.
In the following 55 years he became the world’s most famous scientist since Albert Einstein for his work exploring the mysteries of space, time and black holes despite being wheelchair-bound and only able to communicate using a computer and his famous voice synthesizer.
Fellow physicist Lawrence Krauss tweeted: ‘A star just went out in the cosmos. Stephen Hawking fought and tamed the cosmos bravely for 76 years and taught us all something important about what it truly means to celebrate about being human. I will miss him’.
University of Cambridge vice-chancellor Professor Stephen Toope said today: ‘His exceptional contributions to scientific knowledge and the popularisation of science and mathematics have left an indelible legacy. His character was an inspiration to millions’.
His most famous book ‘A Brief History of Time’ became an international bestseller with more than 10million copies sold – although the physicist joked himself that many who owned it never finished it and more struggled to understand its complexity.
The Cambridge-based scientist, who married twice, embraced popular culture appearing in The Simpsons, The Big Bang Theory, Star Trek, Futurama and Little Britain.
He said he embraced popular culture because he wanted to make science more mainstream and encourage the world to ‘look up at the stars and not down at your feet’. CLICK HERE to continue reading with the Daily Mail.
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