Stephen Hawking, renowned English physicist and professor who despite his physical disability elevated himself to the peak of fame with the help of his extraordinary cerebral capacity, has died at the ripe age of 76.
His book “A Brief History of Time” which was published in 1998 became unexpectedly a best seller and made him a super star worldwide and this success led him to unlock the secrets of the universe.
Hawking died a peaceful death in the city of Cambridge early in the earlier hours of Wednesday morning while he was at his home. “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today,” his children Lucy, Robert, and Tim stated.
Stephen Hawking negated the predictions of the doctors that he would live only for two years and lived up to 55 more years after developing a sort of motor neurone disease in 1964 at the age of 22 years.
Hawking earned worldwide fame and often enjoyed a comparison with Einstein and Newton. He was considered one of the greatest scientists of 20th century.
“My goal is simple,” Hawking once stated. “It is complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.”