Stephen Hawking, 76, is no more, his family has said. The British physicist passed away died peacefully in his home near Cambridge University. The family did not disclose the cause of death, but said he “died peacefully” at his home in Cambridge, England.
Award winning scientist Stephen Hawking was known for his work with black holes and relativity.
He wrote several popular science books including A Brief History of Time.
Stephen Hawking was given only a few years to live after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 22 in 1963. After suffering from motor neurone, he was wheelchair-bound and remained unable to speak.
Hawking suffered for most of his life from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. The condition causes nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord to degenerate.
ALS typically kills sufferers within the first few years, but Hawking survived the disease for decades. His early encounter with the disease during his younger years was depicted in the film “The Theory of Everything” in 2014.
In recent months, Hawking warned vocally about the dangers posed by artificial intelligence. Last year, he said A.I. could be the “worst event in the history of our civilization.”
His three children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, said: “He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. “Once he said, ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss him forever.”
Stephen Hawking was also portrayed on TV and film by Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne.
Prof Hawking was the first to set out a theory of cosmology as a union of relativity and quantum mechanics.
He also discovered that black holes leak energy and fade to nothing – a phenomenon that would later become known as Hawking radiation.