We’ve lost an extremely brilliant man, Stephen Hawking. The man who fought ALS like a champ and showed us how to do it with style. His mind was like no other, and we’re sure going to miss him.
Born in Oxford, the English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge was best known for his ground-breaking work with black holes and relativity. Family members say he died peacefully at his home in Cambridge, England this morning.
Hawking was diagnosed at 21 with ALS and was told he’d only have a few years to live. Eventually, the only muscle he was able to move was a single cheek muscle. But this cheek muscle helped him communicate through the help of a speech-generating device. And he sure showed them! He lived over five decades with this terrible disease.
The world reacts
His passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake. But it's not empty. Think of it as a kind of vacuum energy permeating the fabric of spacetime that defies measure. Stephen Hawking, RIP 1942-2018. pic.twitter.com/nAanMySqkt
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) March 14, 2018
— The Big Bang Theory (@bigbangtheory) March 14, 2018
Remembering Stephen Hawking, a renowned physicist and ambassador of science. His theories unlocked a universe of possibilities that we & the world are exploring. May you keep flying like superman in microgravity, as you said to astronauts on @Space_Station in 2014 pic.twitter.com/FeR4fd2zZ5
— NASA (@NASA) March 14, 2018
He was funny too!
Here’s one of my favourite interviews of him with John Oliver on Last Week Tonight.