Stephen Hawking, the brilliant British theoretical physicist who overcame a debilitating disease to publish wildly popular books probing the mysteries of the universe, has died, according to a family spokesman. He was 76.
THE greatest mind of the generation — physicist Professor Stephen Hawking — has died at the age of 76 after a long struggle with motor neurone disease.
His children Lucy, Robert and Tim said in a statement: “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today.”
If you hadn’t seen the wheelchair-bound genius on documentaries or the news, you’d probably have had a window to his early life through the movie The Theory of Everything.
Hawking beat the odds.
Stephen Hawking Death
He lived decades longer than his doctors predicted when he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) — Lou Gehrig’s disease — when just 21.
By the end, he had lost almost all control over every muscle in his body.
For years he’s only been able to communicate through individually tailored technology, exploiting what limited muscle control he had to activate a virtual computer keyboard.
He never gave in to despair.
Instead, he thought.
And through his thoughts, he opened new horizons for humanity.