Stephen Hawking’s contribution to science is such that, in years to come, younger generations will be amazed to find out we were alive during his time. He’s truly up there with the greatest scientific minds in history. A terrible loss.
He battled motor neurone disease to become one of the most respected scientists of his age. He was entirely paralysed and in a wheelchair since 1970.
Hawking first gained attention with his 1988 book “A Brief History of Time”, a simplified overview of the universe.
Hawking retired from that position at Cambridge University in 2009 and became director of research at the university’s Centre for Theoretical Cosmology.
He survived with three wonderful children, Lucy, Robert, and Timothy.