Tributes to scientist Stephen Hawking, dead at 76

Stephen Hawking

Tributes to scientist Stephen Hawking, dead at 76

Visionary physicist Stephen Hawking, a leading explorer of the cosmos and champion of progressive causes, died early on Wednesday, March 14, at the age of 76. Given only a few years to live when, at the age of 21, he was diagnosed with early-onset amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Hawking went on to defy the odds in any number of areas.

"It would not be much of a universe if it wasn't home to the people you love", Stephen Hawking once said. It also turned Hawking into a global celebrity.

Upon hearing of Hawking's death, Redmayne shared the following statement with Deadline: "We have lost a truly lovely mind, an astonishing scientist and the funniest man I have ever had the pleasure to meet. My love and thoughts are with his extraordinary family". "People who boast about their IQ are losers."- in response to a 2017 question if he believed he was the most intelligent person in the world.

Some of the biggest names in technology have joined world leaders, entertainers and scientists in paying tribute to Stephen Hawking.

Piers Morgan: "RIP Professor Stephen Hawking, 76".

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As messages poured in from across the globe, Hawking's three children released a statement describing their father as "an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years".

"Professor Hawking was a unique individual who will be remembered with warmth and affection not only in Cambridge but all over the world".

In Beijing, the Foreign Ministry expressed China's deep condolences, with spokesman Lu Kang stating: "Hawking made a great contribution to science and humanity".

Stephen Hawking rose to fame in the 70s when his theoretical physics work on black holes and how the universe began was published.

And Anand Mahindra, whose company Tech Mahindra is another big outsourcing firm, tweeted that Hawking "was a constant reminder of how the human spirit can triumph despite fate dealing you a bad hand".

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When I asked him how we could test his belief that radiation emerged from black holes, he told me that it was his wish to fall into one and see for himself what it was like.

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