Friday, 20 April, 2018

Stephen Hawking dies at age 76 after decades-long battle against ALS

Stephen Hawking Did you know Stephen Hawking was also a 'rock star'?
Delores Daniels | 17 March, 2018, 01:21

"If machines produce everything we need, the outcome will depend on how things are distributed", Hawking wrote on Reddit. Realizing that our paths will cross, Gerry and I both tried to get Hans to stop and engage Hawking, imagining that Hawking would be delighted to meet the eminent Bethe, victor of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1967 for his discovery of how stars generate the energy to shine.

His was dubbed one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Albert Einstein. Above and beyond the great research he did, his impact as a communicator was fantastic.

Stephen Hawking was undoubtedly an intellectual giant, making leaps of reasoning that sometimes led to startling insights into the nature of the physical world.

The Motor Neurone Disease Association's website stopped working yesterday following a surge of traffic to after the announcement of the death of its patron Professor Stephen Hawking.

Hawking - in cartoon form - appeared on Futurama several times, starting with the episode "Anthology of Interest I".

Hawking appeared on several episodes of the animated sitcom, and his wry humor seemed to be a flawless match for the satirical show.

"Hawking made very important contributions on issues related to gravitational interaction".

"He has inspired a whole generation with his ability to present complex science in a popular way".

Eddie Redmayne who played Hawking in the fantastic biographical film The Theory Of Everything in 2015 said he was "the funniest man he had ever met". Hawking found a rare beauty in mathematical equations. "Work gives you meaning and objective, and life is empty without it", Hawking reminded them at the time.

When thinking about Hawking's perspective on life, I am reminded how incredibly blessed I am.

Stephen Hawking, with his daughter, Lucy. The 26-year-old has been out of action with an ankle ligament injury and has been forced to wear a protective boot in his recovery.

Following Hawking's death, the cast and crew of the show shared a behind-the-scenes photo from his appearance and thanked him for guest starring, writing on Twitter, "In loving memory of Stephen Hawking".

The best-known theoretical physicist of his time, Hawking wrote so lucidly of the mysteries of space, time and black holes that his book, "A Brief History of Time", became an global best-seller, making him one of science's biggest celebrities since Albert Einstein.

Hawking was a man with so many limitations: his wheelchair became the chamber for his body, he lost the use of his voice during a particularly hard time with his health, and he divorced twice - the latter, his former nurse accused of abusing him.

As a graduate student in 1963, he learned he had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a neuromuscular wasting disease also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

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