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by Irina Kings | Mar 14, 2018

Stephen Hawking dies aged 76

Stephen Hawking , cosmology’s brightest star, dies aged 76. Stephen Hawking , the physicist and author of A Brief History of Time has died at his…

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Stephen Hawking , cosmology’s brightest star, dies aged 76.

Stephen Hawking , the physicist and author of A Brief History of Time has died at his home in Cambridge. His children said: ‘We will miss him for ever’. His family released a statement in the early hours of Wednesday morning confirming his death at his home in Cambridge.

The family released a statement in the early hours of Wednesday morning confirming his death at his home in Cambridge.

“His family have kindly requested that they be given the time and privacy to mourn his passing.  But, they would like to thank everyone who has been by Professor Hawking’s side — and supported him — throughout his life,” the statement said.

Hawking’s children, Lucy, Robert and Tim said in a statement: “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today.

“He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world.

“He once said: ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss him for ever.”

Prof Hawking’s most famous scientific insight concerned the arcane physics of black holes. He discovered the phenomenon which has become known as Hawking radiation, where black holes leak energy and fade to nothing.

As tributes to the acclaimed physicist poured in from around the world, the University of Cambridge said he was “an inspiration to millions” and his work will leave “an indelible legacy”.

Prof Hawking’s life had been dominated… Positively as well as negatively – by an incurable form of motor neurone disease. This left him in a wheelchair and largely unable to speak except through a voice synthesiser.

At the age of 22, when he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 1963, doctors gave him just 14 months to live.

Prof Hawking’s children Lucy, Robert and Tim said:

“We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. “He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. “His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humor inspired people across the world. He once said..  ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss him forever.”

Hawking’s two concepts of time.

Since 1974 Professor Hawking worked extensively on marrying the two cornerstones of modern physics — Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, which concerns gravity and large-scale phenomena, and quantum theory, which covers subatomic particles.

As a result of that research, Professor Hawking proposed a model of the universe based on two concepts of time.  “Real time”, or time as human beings experience it, and quantum theory’s “imaginary time”, on which the world may really run.

“Imaginary time may sound like science fiction … but it is a genuine scientific concept,” he wrote in a lecture paper.

Real time could be perceived as a horizontal line, he said.

“On the left, one has the past, and on the right, the future. But there’s another kind of time in the vertical direction. This is called imaginary time, because it is not the kind of time we normally experience.  But in a sense, it is just as real as what we call real time.”

In July 2002, Professor Hawking said in a lecture that although his quest was to explain everything, a theory of determinism that would predict the universe in the past and forever in the future probably could not be achieved.

Rest among the stars, Professor!