British physicist Stephen Hawking breathed his last at the age of 76 at his home in Cambridge this morning. A spokesman for his family confirmed the demise of Hawking. His children, Lucy, Robert, and Tim said in a statement that he had died at his home.
A Sky News report quotes them saying, “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 humor 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.”
As the news broke, people on social media are pouring their hearts out for the scientist who contributed to the field of physical theory including gravitation, cosmology, quantum theory, thermodynamics, and information theory.
RIP Stephen Hawking. You truly were a wizard among Muggles. pic.twitter.com/tSmRGd0Aso
— Professor Snape (@_Snape_) March 14, 2018
Truly, everyone screw our shows, our privileges, our indulgence’s and take s moment. The world just lost one of the most magnificent minds of all time. I am at a loss for words.#StephenHawking thank you for all you contributed.
— Diamond (@diamondovelove1) March 14, 2018
— Carey Fraser (@Carey09) March 14, 2018
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also offered his condolence on Hawking’s demise.
Professor Stephen Hawking was an outstanding scientist and academic. His grit and tenacity inspired people all over the world. His demise is anguishing. Professor Hawking’s pioneering work made our world a better place. May his soul rest in peace.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 14, 2018
— Tribeca (@Tribeca) March 14, 2018
“Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.” ~ Stephen Hawking #RIPStephenHawkinghttps://t.co/t43iaksRQY pic.twitter.com/7TwFeahDU2
— Khary Penebaker (@kharyp) March 14, 2018
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
Google CEO Sundar Pichai expressed grief on the loss of a “beautiful mind and a brilliant scientist”.
The world has lost a beautiful mind and a brilliant scientist. RIP Stephen Hawking
— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) March 14, 2018
R.I.P. Stephen Hawking. Among his many profound contributions to this world was this simple sentiment: “It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.”
— Samantha Power (@SamanthaJPower) March 14, 2018
Hawking contracted a rare motor neuron disease in 1963 and was given two years to live. Despite his disability where he was bound to a chair and talked through a computer, he not only survived well beyond the time he was given, but also went on to study at Cambridge and became one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Albert Einstein. He has been awarded over a dozen honorary degrees and the CBE in 1982. He was best-known for his theory that black holes emit radiations which can be detected by special instrumentation.
The legendary scientist was also the subject of the 2014 film The Theory Of Everything, which starred Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. He had also appeared in cameos in the comedy series The Big Bang Theory.
In the present era where so much importance is given to artificial intelligence, Hawking cautioned against the use of AI. Last year, he said, AI could end mankind, saying the full development of the technology could spell the end of the human race.