Dutch professor responds to Stephen Hawking's death

03 July, 2018, 07:03 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
  • Professor Stephen Hawking has passed away at the age of 76

The story of his life was first adapted as a BBC feature-length drama in 2004, where Benedict Cumberbatch stars as a young Hawking working on his steady-state theory at Cambridge and the immediate aftermath of his diagnosis with ALS, a motor neurone disease.

The actor told the Press Association in 2015: "The most rewarding part of it was getting to meet Stephen, Jane and the Hawking family".

When asked whether God had a place in his work, Hawking answered, "In a way, if we understand the universe, we are in the position of God".

The British scientist contributed to the sum of human knowledge about the universe's greatest mysteries, from black holes to time travel and quantum mechanics.

Stephen Hawking was an inspiration behind many works of film and television.

He overcame the disease and became one of, if not the world's greatest living scientist.

British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking presents his new book "A brief history of Time" in Oviedo, northern Spain, 13 April 2005.

1979: He is appointed Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University, a post he occupies for 30 years.

Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik puts final touches on a sculpture in honor of Stephen Hawking at Puri Beach near Bhubaneswar, India, on Wednesday. I very much like to remember him by pasting below a picture taken during a free-fall flight - a tale-telling proof that he wouldn't resign to his life challenges.

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Instead, he said he wanted to show that disability was no bar to achievement and to encourage interest in space, where he believed humankind's destiny lay.

"The universe is self-contained, and without boundary, in imaginary time", he said.

Instead, Dr. Hawking spent the next half century overturning physicists' conceptions of black holes. He is also well known for his bestselling book "A Brief History of Time".

Beyond scientific debate Hawking also weighed into politics, describing Donald Trump as "a demagogue who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator" ahead of his election as U.S. president.

Hawking's children Lucy, Robert and Tim announced his death in a statement. He began a relationship with his nurse, Elaine Mason, who he married in 1995 and also divorced in 2006 amid abuse allegations Professor Hawking denied.

Legendary physicist Stephen Hawking lived for decades with the prospect of death hanging over his head, but unlike the rest of us, he never anxious about what's next.

"It's hard to imagine anyone who has been more successful at not only pursuing an academic research career of enormous significance but [who] also has made such an imprint on the popular understanding of science, and even through popular culture", says former Monitor science writer Pete Spotts.

His life was featured in award-winning biopic The Theory of Everything.


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