Confirmed! Scientist Stephen Hawking passes away at 76

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Confirmed! Scientist Stephen Hawkings passes away at 76
Confirmed! Scientist Stephen Hawkings passes away at 76

New Delhi : Scientist Stephen Hawking passed away at the age of 76, confirmed spokesperson from the family.

Sky News quoted professor Hawking's children, Lucy, Robert and Tim: "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 forever."


Stephen Hawking dead: Interesting facts and quotes - biography

Stephen was born on January 8 1942 in Oxford - where his parents had decamped from north London for him to be born away from the worst of the wartime bombing raids.

When he was 8, the family moved to St Albans, attending school before going on to Oxford University.

While studying at Oxford, the young Stephen became increasingly clumsy, falling down the stairs and having trouble rowing.

His speech started to slur and he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) - a form of motor neurone disease - aged just 21, in 1963.

Doctors gave him a life expectancy of just two years - but incredibly he has lived with the condition for more than 50.

The world famous physicist and cosmologist was the subject of the 2014 film The Theory Of Everything, which starred Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones.

He also performed several cameos in the US comedy series The Big Bang Theory.

He was given more than a dozen honorary degrees and was awarded the CBE in 1982.