Stephen Hawking is dead. The famous British astrophysicist, cosmologist and physicist died at the age of 76. It is a big blow to the world of science and broadly understood technology.

Stephen Hawking died at the age of 76

Professor Stephen William Hawking , one of the largest and most recognizable scientists in the world, died today at the age of 76. Stephen Hawking has fought for years not only with the secrets of our universe, but also with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. It is symbolic that late Hawking left on the anniversary of the birth of Albert Einstein. The family informed about the death of the scientist in a special press release:

We are deeply saddened by the death of our beloved father. He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and heritage will live for many years.

A huge scientific achievement

Stephen Hawking learned of his terminal illness at the age of 21, but he did not intend to give up, and despite the pessimistic assumptions of doctors, he fought his weakness for more than half a century, being forced to use a wheelchair and speech synthesizer. Despite adversity, he continued his active scientific career. He mainly dealt with theoretical cosmology and quantum gravity, and was also a professor of mathematics and theoretical physics at the home University of Cambridge. Among the greatest achievements of Stephen Hawking, it is worth mentioning primarily the development of a theoretical proof that black holes should emit radiation, which is referred to as Hawking radiation . The existence of Hawking radiation suggests that black holes can "die," which was previously unthinkable for scientists. The Briton also participated in the development of the mathematical proof of John Wheeler's theorem, and also wrote the book A Brief History of Time , which for 237 weeks was on the British Sunday Times bestseller list , for which it was entered in the Guinness Book of Records . Stephen Hawking also published a series of groundbreaking articles on cosmology and theoretical physics that made him famous in the scientific community.

Stephen Hawking has become an icon of culture

Stephen Hawking did not hide from the world and quite often appeared in the mass media. He used his voice in popular animated series ( Futurama or Simpsons ), and appeared in the Star Trek series: The Next Generation and The Big Bang Theory . About his life, activities and relationship with Jane Hawking was filmed in 2014 film Theory of Everything , which was nominated for an Oscar.

Goodbye, master.

Source: BBC , Cambridge University (Twitter)