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Great Scientist Stephen William Hawking Dies Aged 76

Today, March 14, in the 77th year, Stephen Hawking – famous English scientist, theoretical physicist with 12 honorary degrees, author of the “Brief History of Time” and numerous scientific works, has died.

Great Scientist Stephen William Hawking Dies Aged 76

“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. 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’s children, Lucy, Robert and Tim –

Great Scientist Stephen William Hawking Dies Aged 76

In 1963, when Stephen was 22 years old, doctors diagnosed him with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Specialists believed that he had to live no more than two or three years, but Stephen decided not to give up and continue to live a full life. Despite the illness, he continued his studies, twice married and raised three children. Until the very end, Hawking was engaged in science, taught at universities and spoke at various conferences. To communicate with other people, he used a computer speech synthesizer.

The main direction of Hawking’s research was the theory of the emergence of the world as a result of the Big Bang and the theory of black holes. He is one of the founders of quantum cosmology – a field of theoretical physics that studies the effects of quantum mechanics on the formation of our universe and its early development immediately after the Big Bang. In 1975, he advanced the theory that black holes “evaporate” due to a phenomenon called “Hawking radiation.” These are just some of Stephen’s achievements in science.

World fame of Hawking was in 1988 after the publication of his book “A Brief History of Time”, in which a simple language is told about the appearance of the universe, the nature of space and time, black holes, the theory of superstrings and other scientific facts. It was translated into 40 different languages, released in the order of 10 million copies and entered the Guinness Book of Records, as it remained on the list of the Sunday Times bestsellers of 237 weeks.

In 2014 there was a melodramatic film “The Theory of Everything”, based on the biography of the famous scientist.

Scientists – aren’t the most media people, but the news of the death of Hawking stirred the Internet: everyone mourns, from the scientific world to your neighbors in chats. Even usually scabrous social networks didn’t scratch their tongue, realizing that a truly great person had passed away. Stephen Hawking was the first to put forward the hypothesis that black holes can “die” – alas, but not only they are mortal.