Stephen William Hawking
January 8th, 1942 - March 14th, 2018
A world-famous theoretical physicist and cosmologist, Stephen Hawking passed away at his home in Cambridge in the early morning of March 14th. While the cause of death has not been revealed, Hawking's family said he died peacefully. Hawking was diagnosed with a rare, slow-progressing form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) when he was 21 and studying at Oxford, spent most of his life in a wheelchair, and could only speak with a computer. The doctor who diagnosed Hawking said he had two years at best to live. Well, he died at the age of 76. He is survived by his former spouse, Jane Wilde, and leaves behind three children.
"It is clear that we are just an advanced breed of primates on a minor planet, orbiting around a very average star in the outer suburb of one among a hundred billion galaxies. BUT... Ever since the dawn of civilization, people have craved for an understanding of the underlying order of the world. There ought to be something very special about the boundary conditions of the universe. And what can be more special than that there is no boundary? And there should be no boundary to human endeavor. We are all different. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. While there is life, there is hope."
-Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking, The Theory of Everything