R.I.P. Stephen Hawking

Considered one of the greatest scientists in history, famed English theoretical physicist and author Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76. His family confirmed that he had died peacefully at his home in Cambridge in the early hours of Wednesday morning. His children Lucy, Robert and Tim issued a statement:

“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. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world. He once said, ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love’. We will miss him forever.”

Hawking had a rare early-onset, slow-progressing form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) that gradually paralysed him over the decades. Along with writing the massive bestseller “A Brief History of Time” and pioneering work in the fields of cosmology and quantum mechanics, he also played himself on the likes of “Futurama,” “The Simpsons,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “The Big Bang Theory”. Eddie Redmayne portrayed a young version of him in the 2014 biopic “The Theory of Everything”.