Renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking, whose mental genius and physical disability made him a household name and inspiration across the globe, has died at age 76, his family said on Wednesday.
Hawking, whose 1988 book “A Brief History of Time” became an unlikely worldwide bestseller and cemented his superstar status, dedicated his life to unlocking the secrets of the Universe.
RIP Stephen Hawking. A major loss to the scientific community & to the millions he inspired through his work and life. Condolences to the family.
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) March 14, 2018
His genius and wit won over fans from far beyond the rarified world of astrophysics.
“We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today,” professor Hawking’s children, Lucy, Robert, and Tim said in a statement carried by Britain’s Press Association news agency.
RIP Stephen hawking. He had once said he’s not afraid of death but he is no hurry to die because he has so much left to do.
True genius who’s been an epitome of strength and courage ?? #StephenHawking
— Saiyami Kher (@SaiyamiKher) March 14, 2018
One of his most famous quotes was – “We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.”
Hawking is the author of the 1988 book, A Brief History of Time, a best-seller that has sold over 10 million copies.
Oh wow. This hurts. It really hurts. What a guy, what a story, what a life, what a humongous contribution to humanity, to our knowledge and understanding of the Universe. #StephenHawking , thank you for sharing your genius with us all.
— VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) March 14, 2018
His life was portrayed in James Marsh’s The Theory Of Everything (2014). Actor Eddie Redmayne won an Oscar for his performance as the young Hawking who is diagnosed with a motor neurone disease (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) in 1963 and given two years to live.
— Preity G Zinta (@realpreityzinta) March 14, 2018
Celebrities from the Hindi film industry from Farhan Akhtar, Sujoy Ghosh to Kajal Aggarwal mourned Hawking’s death and took to Twitter to celebrate his life and contributions to the world of science.
we should all teach our children about stephen hawkins. forget science and universe – a human being to aspire to..
— sujoy ghosh (@sujoy_g) March 14, 2018
In 2014 a film was made on the iconic personality, titled – The Theory of Everything, Eddie Redmayne stepped into play Stephen Hawking himself. The movie also starred Felicity Jones.
— Huma S Qureshi (@humasqureshi) March 14, 2018
My favourite stranger in the universe passes on. An Extraordinary man whose courage and persistence along with his brilliance and humour inspired people from across the world.#RIP #StephenHawking. Hope you find the answers wherever you are. Thank you ???????
— Jaaved Jaaferi (@jaavedjaaferi) March 14, 2018
Your vision and unparalleled brilliance has inspired people across the world. Thank you for giving us theories and taking physics to a whole new level. Giving us valuable perspectives on 'The grand design'
You will be missed.
Rest In Peace, Stephen Hawking. pic.twitter.com/rT7vvVjua0
— Kajal Aggarwal (@MsKajalAggarwal) March 14, 2018