A family member confirmed the death of the physicist and author of A Brief History of Time in the early hours of this morning to international mourning.
The synthetic-voiced scientists was loved for his infallible intelligence as much as his quick wit.
Though the theoretical physicist prided himself on making complex physical concepts accessible to the public – especially for his bestseller, ‘A Brief History of Time’ – he accomplished much more than treasured academic work.
Starting at the beginning, his birth date – Jan. 8, 1942 – actually marked the 300th anniversary of Galileo’s death.
In many of his later years, Hawking took his biting humour to the silver screen of Conan O’Brien, The Simpsons, Star Trek, and more.
He was actually not always commended for his brilliant mind; his grades ranked among the worst in his class when he was a child. It was only until teachers and peers realised his brain worked analytically that he earned the nickname ‘Einstein’.
The famed physicist’s family released the statement revealing he has died on the same day as Albert Einstein’s birthday.
While Hawking found a penchant for mathematics from an early age, he didn’t care for biology. He had said that he found the subject “too inexact” and “too descriptive”,eventually choosing cosmology over particle physics because the latter “seemed like botany” to him.
Facing isolation and sadness during his first year at Oxford, he joined the rowing team for social companionship. As rowing has always been important to the university, Hawking’s role as a coxswain made him very popular.
In 2004, the genius admitted he had been wrong about the laws of quantum mechanics in relation to black holds and conceded a bet he made in 1997 with fellow scientist John Preskill.
His slew of awards have included the Adams Prize, Eddington Medal, Maxwell Medal, Heineman Prize, Hughes Medal, Einstein Award, RAS Gold Medal, Dirac Medal, Wolf Prize, Prince of Asturias Award, Gemant Award, Naylor Prize, Presidential Medal of Freedom, and Fundamental Physics Prize – but no Nobel Prize.
In 2007, Stephen and his daughter Lucy collaborated to write a children’s book, ‘George’s Secret Key to the Universe’, Tin which a young boy rebels against his parents’ aversion to technology.
Hawking also spoke of his belief in the potential of alien life at NASA’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2008, intriguing many.
At the age of 65 he also experienced zero-gravity and left his wheelchair for the first time in four decades – albeit, floating.
Ha was also a strong advocate for private space exploration, hoping affordable space tourism and other planets’ resources would help us survive.
Stephen Hawking was given a few weeks to leave shortly after turning 21, meaning he beat doctors’ odds by 55 years.