The renowned British physicist, Stephen Hawking who had been suffering from a degenerative neuromuscular disease died on Wednesday in Cambridge, England. His family first confirmed the death report. He was 76 years old. When he was only 21-year-old, he had suffered from a disease which is similar to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Expressing the sorrow, his children stated, “He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years.”
His contributions to the field of theoretical physics are always compared with the theories formulated by Albert Einstein. Even though he had suffered from the diseases, he managed to accomplish his doctorate, and he was the Lucasian professor of the mathematics at Cambridge
University. Around 300 years earlier this post was held by Sir Isaac Newton. Through his knowledge within a few years, he became one of the most influential and renowned scientists in the world. When he was diagnosed with the disease in 1963, doctors were expected that he would live only for two years but, he survived for more years as the disease was progressed slowly.
He once stated, “My goal is simple, and that is to completely understand the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.” He was curious about Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, and throughout his career, he was searching for a way to reconcile the theory. He gave science the Theory of Everything. Describing the origin and fate of the Universe, in 1988 he wrote the book A Brief History of Time which was an international bestseller book. The book was also translated into more than 20 languages. Once he stated that his heroes are Einstein, Marilyn Monroe, Darwin, and Galileo.
Unfortunately, the world has lost an important and precious soul whose place cannot be taken by anyone else. His contribution to the science will help a lot to the scientists to know more about the universe.