Stephen Hawking, one of the most notable physicists of our generation, has passed away according to a family statement.
Hawking died peacefully on the morning of March 14th. Hawking was remembered by his children Lucy, Robert, and Tim in a family statement:
“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.”
Hawking held 13 honorary degrees, was a professor and PH.D graduate from the University of Cambridge, and once awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama in 2009.
He was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) in 1963 and was told he had two years to live. He beat those odds by a long shot and went onto be one of the most prominent physicists of all time. He will forever be missed.
Hawking’s most recent project is Breakthrough Starshot, where he teamed up with Russian billionaire Yuri Milner to pledge 100 million dollars to interstellar travel. In the past year, Hawking became very vocal about moving up humanity’s deadline to leave Earth.
Ultimately, he never met his dream of going into space.
Reactions to Stephen Hawking’s Death
Stephen Hawking will not soon be forgotten. He’s likely to be remembered in history along side greats like Albert Einstein, and Isaac Newton.
Below, you can find a group of reactions from the scientific community honouring his legacy:
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
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
“Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.” – Stephen Hawking
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) March 14, 2018