Professor Stephen Hawking has died, aged 76

A world-renowned British Physicist, Stephen Hawking has died at his home in Cambridge in the early hours of Wednesday 14 March. Hawking, whose 1988 book “A Brief History of Time” became an unlikely worldwide bestseller and cemented his superstar status, dedicated his life to unlocking the secrets of the Universe.

Stephen Hawking was one of the greatest scientists to walk the face of this earth and an extraordinary man whose work and imprint will live on for many years. He inspired people across the world not only with his brilliance but also with his courage, persistence, and humor.

The physicist and cosmologist was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a form of motor neuron disease when he was a 22-year-old student at Cambridge University.

Most people die within a few years of the diagnosis.

Hawking’s fame increased as his health worsened. After his degenerative muscle disorder was diagnosed, he defied medical opinion by living five decades longer than expected. He communicated his ideas through an American-accented speech synthesizer after a life-saving tracheotomy in 1985 took away his ability to speak. To the layman, the robot-like voice only seemed to give his words added authority.

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