Stephen Hawking, the British Astrophysicist, Died at the Age of 76

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Stephen Hawking has died aged 76

DEATH: The scientist, Stephen Hawking, was known for his work on black holes and relativity …

At 21, doctors gave him only a few years to live. The eminent British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking , who devoted his life to unlocking the secrets of the universe, died Wednesday at the age of 76, his children announced.

His scientific genius and his characteristic physical disability had made him a world-renowned personality. His work focused on bringing the theory of relativity and quantum theory closer together in an attempt to explain the creation of the Universe and how it works. In 1988 he published the popular book  A Brief History of Time , which sold more than nine million copies.

“We are deeply saddened by the death of our beloved father today,” said her children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, in a statement issued by the British Press Association. “He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live for many years to come,” they wrote.

Has been diagnosed with Charcot’s disease since the 1960s

Stephen Hawking had challenged the predictions that he had only a few years to live after developing a crippling neurodegenerative disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Charcot’s disease, in 1964.

The illness had progressively deprived him of mobility and confined to a wheelchair, almost completely paralyzed and unable to speak except through his iconic voice synthesizer.

“His courage and tenacity, his genius and his humor, have inspired people around the world,” said his children. “He said one day” This universe would not be much if it did not shelter the people we love “. He will always be missed.

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