The famous british physicist Stephen Hawking, one of the best scientific minds in the world, died today at the age of 76 years, confirmed by his family in a statement to which has had access Efe.
In the statement, their children, Lucy, Robert and Tim reported that he died in peace at his home in Cambridge, in the Uk, in the early hours of Wednesday.
“We are deeply sad that our beloved father has died today,” say the relatives, who recall that it was “a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will endure for many years.”
The children remark that “their courage and persistence with their brilliance and humor have inspired people all over the world.” “Once he said that this would not be a great universe if it were not the home of the people that you love”, they commented, to highlight that he will be missed “forever”.
Hawking was a theoretical physicist, astrophysicist, cosmologist and popularizer, who was suffering from an ailment motoneuronal linked with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
The disease was worse with the passage of time, until he was virtually paralyzed, and this forced him to communicate through a device that reproduced his voice, which did not prevent him from continuing to seek the secrets of the universe.
Recently, the british scientist released a report in depth on black holes, the most common theme investigated throughout his life. It was in an interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson for the television program Star Talk on National Geographic Channel, where he pointed out that before the Big Bang there was nothing.
Hawking wrote a Brief history of time, that swept in sales at the international level, and became one of the biggest celebrities in the world scientist since Albert Einstein.
Despite his health problems, which began to deteriorate when he was 21, Hawking has lived for more than half a century with a condition that often precipitates a premature death.
He was born on 8 January 1942 in Oxford, and became one of the most influential figures in the world of science, not only as a theoretical and astrophysicist, but also as a science popularizer.