His family confirmed that he had died peacefully at his home in Cambridge in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
IN 1963, Hawking was diagnosed with contracted motor neurone disease. At that time, he was given two years to live. However, fate had something else in place for this brilliant scientist. He went on to study at Cambridge and became one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Albert Einstein.
Stephen Hawking was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge.
His scientific works include general relativity and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation.
Hawking was the first to set out a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics.
He was given more than a dozen honorary degrees and was awarded the CBE in 1982.
His children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, said: “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.”
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