The legendary British physicist Stephen Hawking has passed away at the age of 76 according to the statement issued by his family members on early hours of Wednesday. The well known physicist is a rare example of the power of human mind despite suffering from a neurological disease early in his life.
“Stephen Hawking, the British theoretical physicist who overcame a devastating neurological disease to probe the greatest mysteries of the cosmos and become a globally celebrated symbol of the power of the human mind, has died, a family spokesman told the Associated Press. He was 76.” said the report in NDTV on Wednesday.
It also described that initially given two years to live, a diagnosis that threw him into a profound depression, he found the strength to complete his doctorate and rise to the position of Lucasian professor of mathematics at the University of Cambridge, the same post held by Isaac Newton 300 years earlier.
Stephen Hawking is the writer of the international best seller, “A Brief History of Time (1988)”, which dealt with the origin and ultimate fate of the universe.
Stephen William Hawking was born in Oxford, England, on January 8, 1942. His father was a physician and specialist in tropical diseases; his mother was active in the Liberal Party.
“We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years.” said the statement released by Stephen’s family after his demise.