The world lost a great scientist on March 14. Professor Stephen Hawking passed away at the age of 76 in Cambridge, United Kingdom. He was born in 1942 in the UK. He went on to study physics and cosmology. When he was still a student, at about 22 years of age, he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease. He was told that he only had a few years to live.
He lived for many more years, but his illness restricted him to a wheelchair. He communicated using a computerized voice.
Hawking was courageous and brilliant. He was known for his work with black holes and relativity. His work has helped us better understand how our universe works and how it began. Hawking received numerous awards. He wrote several science books, and one of his most regarded books is “A Brief History of Time.”
Hawking will be cremated and his ashes will be laid to rest in Westminster Abbey, London, UK. Some famous scientists have been buried in the same Abbey, including Sir Isaac Newton (buried in 1727) and Charles Darwin (buried in 1882).
Here are two videos about Hawking.
Did you know?
March 14 is celebrated as Pi Day in some countries around the globe. One of the world’s greatest scientists, Albert Einstein, was born on Pi Day. And now we have lost one of the world’s greatest scientists, Stephen Hawking, on Pi Day.
Image Credits: http://www.cam.ac.uk for Hawking’s images
Sources: https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk, http://www.cam.ac.uk