After Sir Albert Einstein, there was no any human who could at least go in par with his knowledge other than Stephan Hawking. The contribution he did to science is immense and withstanding his physical disorders, he brought up theories to take the fields of cosmology and general relativity to a new dimension. He was considered as the world’s greatest living scientist and his death at the age of 76 would be a massive loss to the field of science.
He was a cosmologist, astronomer, mathematician and author of several books including the “A Brief History of Time” which was a US best seller.
What made Stephan Hawking popular were his findings about black holes. Together with his fellow scientist Roger Penrose, he merged Einstein’s theory of relativity with quantum theory to suggest that space and time would begin with the Big Bang and end in black holes. He further found out that black holes are not completely black but emit radiation will probably evaporate and disappear.
Most people still wonder about the physical courage of Hawking as he was facing a living death throughout his life because of his fatal disease. He suffered from ALS (amyotropic lateral sclerosis) which is commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The disease would let only few years for a patient to live but miraculously, Stephan managed to survive. He was diagnosed with the illness in his prime youth when he was just 21. It succumbed him to a wheel chair and he was paralyzed. He was able to move only few fingers of the hand and later with the assistant given by a famous company, he got a chance to speak by using a speech synthesizer which allows him to speak in a computerized voice.
He was married twice and have at least 12 honorary degrees offered from various institutions. However, his death would be a great loss to mankind indeed. Speaking to the media Hawking’s family spoke person said that he had a peaceful death at his home. Fellow other scientists also stated some final remarks to this great persona.
“his passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake “ tweeted Neil de Grass Tyson.
“A start just went out in the cosmos” tweeted Lawrence Krauss, a theoretical physicist and cosmologist.