Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Professor Stephen Hawking Dies Peacefully At His Home Aged 76, 55 Years After The World-Famous Physicist Was Diagnosed With ALS And Given Just Two Years To Live

Professor Stephen Hawking is dead at 76
 Professor Stephen Hawking died peacefully in his home in Cambridge, England, at the age of 76 in the early hours of Wednesday morning. His family of the pioneering scientist, including his children Lucy, Robert and Tim, said they were ‘deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away’. In a statement, they added: ‘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 one said, “It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people who you love”’. Hawking rose to scientific acclaim in the 1970s, when he explained how black holes end and how the universe began. He shot to fame around the world when he published A Brief History of Time in 1988. He developed ALS in the early 1960s, and was only given two years to live. But he kept on working and commanding lecture theaters at Cambridge from his wheelchair. In 2015, actor Eddie Redmayne won an Oscar for his portrayal of Hawking in The Theory of Everything.
THE BIOGRAPHY OF JANE HAWKING. She is the former wife of the scientific genius Doctor Stephen Hawking, author of the bestseller "A Brief History of Time". Pic: Jane and Stephen in the 1960's.

His family had moved to Oxford from north London to escape the threat of World War II rockets.

When he was 8 they moved St. Albans, a town about 20 miles north of the capital, where he would attend St Albans School and later University College, Oxford where his father attended.

His prodigious talent and unorthodox study methods meant he used few books and made no notes but could still solve problems like no other students.

He wanted to study mathematics but the subject was not available at the college so he chose physics instead.

In 1962 he went to the University of Cambridge’s Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics to conduct research in cosmology.

In 1965 he received his PhD with his thesis ‘Properties of Expanding Universes’ and would soon publish his first academic book The Large Scale Structure of Space-Time.

When he was 21 he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a nerve system disease that weakens muscles and impacts physical function.

Via - Dailymail

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