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 Stephen Hawking Dies Aged 76
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 Posted: Mar 14 2018, 03:24 PM
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Stephen Hawking dies aged 76, family says

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Photo: Stephen Hawking and his daughter Lucy. (Angela Micu)

Physicist Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76, British media is reporting his family as saying.

He died peacefully at his home in Cambridge in the early hours of Wednesday morning (local time), according to a statement from his family.

"His family have kindly requested that they be given the time and privacy to mourn his passing, but they would like to thank everyone who has been by Professor Hawking's side — and supported him — throughout his life," the statement said.

His children Lucy, Robert and Tim said they were deeply saddened by their father's passing.

"He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world," they said.

"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."

The University of Cambridge will be opening a book of condolence at Gonville and Caius College for those wishing to pay tribute to his life.

Professor Hawking sought to explain some of the most complicated questions of life while himself working under the shadow of a likely premature death.

In 1963 Professor Hawking was diagnosed with motor neurone disease and was given two years to live.

He went on to become a researcher at the University of Cambridge and Professorial Fellow at the Gonville and Caius College.

He was a Lucasian Professor at the university from 1979 to 2009, a position previously held by Isaac Newton in 1663.

Professor Hawking's was dubbed one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Albert Einstein.

His work ranged from the origins of the universe itself, through the tantalising prospect of time travel to the mysteries of space's all-consuming black holes.

But the power of his intellect contrasted cruelly with the weakness of his body, ravaged by the wasting motor neurone disease he contracted at the age of 21.

Hawking was confined for most of his life to a wheelchair. As his condition worsened, he had to resort to speaking through a voice synthesiser and communicating by moving his eyebrows.

The disease spurred him to work harder but also contributed to the collapse of his two marriages, he wrote in a 2013 memoir My Brief History.

In the book he related how he was first diagnosed: "I felt it was very unfair — why should this happen to me."

"At the time, I thought my life was over and that I would never realise the potential I felt I had. But now, 50 years later, I can be quietly satisfied with my life," he wrote.


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Photo: Stephen Hawking was a Lucasian Professor at the University of Cambridge between 1979 and 2000. (REUTERS/Toby Melville )

Hawking shot to international fame after the 1988 publication of A Brief History of Time, one of the most complex books ever to achieve mass appeal, which stayed on the Sunday Times best-sellers list for no fewer than 237 weeks.

He said he wrote the book to convey his own excitement over recent discoveries about the universe.

"My original aim was to write a book that would sell on airport bookstalls," he said.

"In order to make sure it was understandable I tried the book out on my nurses. I think they understood most of it."

Hawking's theories caused controversy

He caused some controversy among biologists when he said he saw computer viruses as a life form, and thus the human race's first act of creation.

"I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive," he told a computer forum in Boston.

"We've created life in our own image."

He also predicted the development of a "race of self-designing human beings, who will use genetic engineering to improve their make-up".

Another major area of his research was into black holes, the regions of space-time where gravity is so strong that nothing, not even light, can escape.

When asked whether God had a place in his work, Professor Hawking once said: "In a way, if we understand the universe, we are in the position of God."
Hawking twice married and divorced

He married undergraduate Jane Wilde in July 1965 and the couple had three children, Robert, Lucy and Timothy.

But Hawking said in his 2013 memoir Ms Wilde became more and more depressed as her husband's condition worsened.

"She was worried I was going to die soon and wanted someone who would give her and the children support and marry her when I was gone," he wrote.

Ms Wilde took up with a local musician and gave him a room in the family apartment, Hawking said.

"I would have objected but I too was expecting an early death," he said.

"I became more and more unhappy about the increasingly close relationship between [them]. In the end I could stand the situation no longer and in 1990 I moved out to a flat with one of my nurses, Elaine Mason."

He divorced Ms Wilde in 1990 and in 1995 married Ms Mason, whose ex-husband David designed the electronic voice synthesiser that allowed him to communicate.

"My marriage to Elaine was passionate and tempestuous," he wrote in the memoir.

"We had our ups and downs but Elaine's being a nurse saved my life on several occasions."

It also took its emotional toll on her, he noted, and the pair divorced in 2007.


http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-14/stephen-hawking-dies-aged-76/9547454

Stephen Hawking was one of the great minds of the modern era. He was an inspiration in the way his strength of spirit overcame great adversity.

RIP Stephen

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Nobody could know unless it happened to them, but I feel as though he was stronger than I would've been about his situation. But, for all his suggested brilliance, I'm willing to bet that he would give it all up just to be able walk down the street, and walk his children in the park! http://fairdinkumnewschat.b1.jcink.com/uploads/fairdinkumnewschat/smiley_don_t_know.gif

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An incredible man for so many reasons - RIP Stephen Hawking.

Interestingly on Albert Einstein's birthday.



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BLACK HOLES AREN’T TOTALLY BLACK, AND OTHER INSIGHTS FROM STEPHEN HAWKING’S GROUNDBREAKING WORK.

Published: May 8, 2018

As published in Salon and Newsweek. MSU's Chris Adami, professor of physics and astronomy, wrote this piece for The Conversation, an independent collaboration between editors and academics that provides informed news analysis and commentary to the general public.

Mathematical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking was best known for his work exploring the relationship between black holes and quantum physics. A black hole is the remnant of a dying supermassive star that’s fallen into itself; these remnants contract to such a small size that gravity is so strong even light cannot escape from them. Black holes loom large in the popular imagination – schoolchildren ponder why the whole universe doesn’t collapse into one. But Hawking’s careful theoretical work filled in some of the holes in physicists’ knowledge about black holes.


WHY DO BLACK HOLES EXIST?

The short answer is: Because gravity exists, and the speed of light is not infinite.

For those interested, follow the link to read more.


https://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2018/black-holes-arent-totally-black-and-other-insights-from-stephen-hawkings-groundbreaking-work/

The Bruised Universe: Hawking's Final Theory.




Thank you, Stephen Hawking.


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