Published: Mon, July 02, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

Queen to send condolences to Stephen Hawking's family

Queen to send condolences to Stephen Hawking's family

Renowned British physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking died on Wednesday morning at the age of 76.

As an author, among his most well-known works was "A Brief History of Time". The tome went on to sell more than 10 million copies. It's been called "the least-read best-seller ever".

Dr Robert Ferdmen, 41, a lecturer in physics at the University of East Anglia, said: "He was hugely influential and important. There's perhaps a human element of his struggle that makes people stop and pay attention".

Although these two Oscar-nominated actors brought Hawking life's work to a mass audience, the scientist will also be remembered for playing himself in some of America's most popular TV sitcoms.

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In 2015 he was asked whether, in a parallel universe, Zayn Malik might still be in One Direction. The human race shouldn't have all its eggs in one basket, or on one planet.

When he turned 75 in January of a year ago, Hawking shared his surprise that he had made it that far in life and left us with a quote about black holes that might as well serve as an encouraging metaphor for life in the political darkness that is 2018. "I have so much I want to do first", he said at the time. You are, in a way, taking trip through the mind of Stephen Hawking. Audiences carefully listened to every word Hawking said, as the general public followed him as much as scientists. It always got a big laugh.

Had the existence of Hawking Radiation been proved by astronomers or physicists, it would nearly certainly have earned Prof Hawking a Nobel Prize. "I've been to talks Hawking has given and can not follow them myself".

Archive photo of Professor Stephen Hawking, who has died aged 76, and Nobel Prize victor Dorothy Hodgkin, with their portraits unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

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Prof Hawking arrived at the university in 1962 as a PhD student, and was eventually given the prestigious title of Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, a position once held by Sir Isaac Newton, in 1979.

But news of his death exploded like a supernova in the world of cosmology - where, despite his disability, Prof Hawking had stood like a colossus.

Hawking's title "is not relevant here; what matters is what his brain did", said Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of New York's Hayden Planetarium. "We claim him as an astrophysicist because his laboratory was the universe". He also said that his work made the world a better place. "#StephenHawking is free from the physical constraints of this earthly condition we all exist in and he is soaring above us now marveling at it all." - actress Mayim Bialik, who appeared with Hawking on the USA television show "The Big Bang Theory", on Twitter.

"Black holes are these incredibly dense objects that suck stuff into (them) through gravity, and it was thought that nothing can escape", explains particle physicist Harry Cliff.

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He also told the magazine his "biggest blunder" was thinking that information was destroyed in black holes.

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