Physicist and best-selling author Stephen Hawking passed away this Wednesday at his home in Cambridge, England. He was 76.
The wheelchair-bound scientist who talked through a computerised voice system was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disesase, a neuromuscular wasting condition, at the age of 21. Doctors only gave him three years to live, but Hawking spent the next few decades studying about gravity, black holes and the origin of the universe.
His debut book, “A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes”, was published in 1988 and sold more than 10 million copies worldwide in 40 different languages. This popular science book on cosmology helped non-scientists to understand fundamental questions of physics and human existence.
In 2014, his brilliant life was immortalised through the award-winning biographical romantic drama “The Theory of Everything” where actor Eddie Redmayne won an Oscar portraying Hawking.
Hawking also made TV appearances on popular shows such as “The Simpsons”, “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “The Big Bang Theory”.
He is survived by his three children Lucy, Robert and Tim.