London: The pioneer of Black Hole Theory Stephen Hawking passed away on Wednesday in Cambridge at his residency. He was 76 years old. He roamed the cosmos from a wheelchair, making discoveries that changed how we see the universe.
“We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today,” professor Hawking’s children, Lucy, Robert, and Tim said in a statement carried by British Media.
Theoretical physicist and cosmologist Hawking studied the laws of time and space, becoming an international celebrity in the process.
He was the author of several best-sellers, including “A Brief History of Time,” “Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays,” “The Universe in a Nutshell,” “The Grand Design” and “My Brief History.”
Hawking’s scholarly pursuits dealt with time – whether it has a beginning and end, what happens in a black hole and whether time warps are possible.
While studying time, he has survived the ravages of an incurable disease. He was diagnosed with ALS or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, at age 21.
Though he was given only two years to live after his diagnosis, he lived more than 50 years.