Stephen Hawking passes away at 76

Stephen Hawking, the Cambridge University physicist who pondered the origin of the universe from a wheelchair, passed away at his home in England.

“Not since Albert Einstein has a scientist so captured the public imagination and endeared himself to tens of millions of people around the world,” said a physics professor at the City University of New York.

In 1963, when Dr. Hawking was only 21, he learned that he had Lou Gehrig’s disease and was given a couple years to live, but he went on to become a world renowned expert in gravity and the properties of black holes.

He was also a best-selling author! His 1988 book “A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes” sold more than 10 million copies and, according to the Times review, made the Big Bang “almost understandable.”

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