Stephen Hawking dies aged 76, family says

Mindy Sparks
March 14, 2018

Stephen Hawking, one of the world's most influential physicists died at the age of 76 on Wednesday, March 14.

"He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years", his children Lucy, Robert and Tim said in a statement.

"His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humor inspired people across the world".

"This complete set of laws can give us the answers to questions like how did the universe begin", he said.

Professor Stephen Hawking passed away in the early hours of Wednesday morning, it has been confirmed. 10News will continue to update as details become available.

Like numerous great theorists, Stephen Hawking had the ability to use very simple thought experiments to make predictions about the behaviour of the universe.

Bousso, now at the University of California at Berkeley, recalls how he had to learn to shake off his awe and relax around Hawking.

In 2015, British actor Eddie Redmayne won an Oscar for his portrayal of Prof Hawking in the biopic The Theory of Everything the previous year. He was diagnosed in 1963, when he was 21, and doctors initially only gave him a few years to live. His belief in the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics should make fans of time travel or concepts like the DC superhero multiverse take notice, too.

In 1974, Hawking proposed what is known as his most significant theory that black holes can emit sub-atomic particles.

For Hawking, the search was nearly a religious quest - he said finding a "theory of everything" would allow mankind to "know the mind of God".

It was even rumoured that one of the politically outspoken scientist's great regrets was that he never got a chance to run over the toes of Conservative prime minister Margaret Thatcher. Much has already been written (I again direct you to The Guardian's obituary) that does a far better job of explaining Hawking's life and career.

In 2007, he became the first quadriplegic to experience weightlessness on board the so-called "vomit comet", a modified plane specially created to simulate zero gravity.

Then, grinning widely, he added, "I seem to manage to do anything that I really want".

Professor Stephen Hawking speaks during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics at the Olympic Stadium on August 29, 2012 in London, England. "Black holes are too long-lived to be observed today in their death throes".

His work as a cosmologist, and discoveries in black hole physics were legendary.

FILE PHOTO: Stephen Hawking arrives at the United Kingdom premiere of the film "The Theory of Everything" which is based around his life, at a cinema in central London, Britain, December 9, 2014.

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