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Stephen Hawking, best-known physicist of his time, dies at 76

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Stephen Hawking, an award-winning physicist and influential author, died early Wednesday morning, he was 76. Hawking was considered to be the world’s greatest living scientist, He was also a cosmologist, astronomer, mathematician and author of numerous books including the landmark “A Brief History of Time,”.

With fellow physicist Roger Penrose, Hawking merged Einstein’s theory of relativity with quantum theory to suggest that space and time would begin with the Big Bang and end in black holes. Hawking also discovered that black holes are not completely black but emit radiation. These radiations will eventually evaporate and disappear.

His theories unlocked a universe of possibilities that we & the world are exploring. Here’s timeline of Stephen Hawking’s life, compiled by the Associated Press:

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Jan. 8, 1942 — Born in Oxford, England, the eldest of four children born to Frank Hawking, a biologist, and Isobel Hawking, a medical research secretary.

1962 — Begins graduate research in cosmology at Cambridge University.

1963 — At 21, Hawking suffered from ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a neurodegenerative disease commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, which is usually fatal within a few years.

1974 — Elected as a fellow of the Royal Society at age 32, one of the youngest people to receive the honor.

1979 — Becomes Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge, a prestigious position once held by Isaac Newton. Hawking holds the post until 2009.

1985 — Admitted to a hospital in Geneva with pneumonia. He survives after an operation, but loses what remained of his speech. The next year he begins communicating through the electronic voice synthesizer that gave him his trademark robotic “voice.”

1988 — Publishes “A Brief History of Time,” a book on cosmology aimed at the general public that becomes an instant best-seller.

1989 — Made a Companion of Honor by Queen Elizabeth II.

2014 — Hawking’s life is celebrated in the Oscar-winning biopic “The Theory of Everything,” based on the memoir “Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen,” by Jane Hawking.

2018 — Dies at 76 peacefully at his home in Cambridge .

Paying tribute to the lost soul, Satya Nadella, Microsoft chief executive, said: “We lost a great one today. Stephen Hawking will be remembered for his incredible contributions to science – making complex theories and concepts more accessible to the masses.

“He’ll also be remembered for his spirit and unbounded pursuit to gain a complete understanding of the universe, despite the obstacles he faced.”

Professor Hawking, you unlocked a universe of possibilities for us mortals to explore…..May you fly “high like superman in microgravity.”

REST IN PEACE, SIR

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