Renowned British physicist Professor Stephen Hawking, one of the world’s finest scientific minds, has died at the age of 76.
A family spokesman said he died peacefully at his home in Cambridge in the early hours of the morning of 14 March.
In a statement, his 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 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 forever.’
Prof Hawking was born on 8 January 1942 in Oxford, the eldest of four children, and went on to become one of the world’s most acclaimed cosmologists.
He was diagnosed with ALS, a rare form of motor neurone disease, in his 20s, eventually becoming wheelchair-bound and dependent on a computerised voice system for communication.
But despite this, he continued to travel the world giving science lectures and writing scientific papers about the basic laws which govern the universe.
When he spoke, the world listened. We hope that the world will continue to listen, particularly to this stark warning he gave about Donald Trump.
The President of the United States withdrew from the Paris climate accord last June. He said it was detrimental to the American workforce.
Before Donald Trump was even elected as president, Hawking described him as ‘a demagogue who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator.’
However, Hawking said Trump’s decision on Paris could eventually see Earth turn into a planet like Venus with a temperature of 250°C.
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