Stephen Hawking, the world-famous British physicist, has died. eNCA reported a family spokesman as saying that “our beloved father passed away today”.
“He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years,” said his children Lucy, Robert and Tim.
Hawking developed a form of motor neurone disease that left him confined to a wheelchair.
He authored A Brief History of Time. Hawking was born on 8 January 1942 and died today, 14 March 2018. He was a theoretical physicist and cosmologist. He was director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge, according to Wikipedia.
The Cape Messenger columnist and scientists Anthony Turton wrote: “Steven Hawking has always been an inspiration to me for many reasons. As a disabled person he found that he had been advantaged by not having to deal with the encumbrances that limit the mind of a non-disabled person. He used this liberated state of mind to test Einstein’s Theory of Relativity by imagining that he was a particle accelerating at the speed of light. He was able to conduct these amazing mind experiments, not thought possible by able-bodied scientists, and in so doing disproved Einstein by showing that at quantum level the Theory of General Relativity does not adequately explain physics. That takes some doing.
“Rest in peace you giant of a man that explored quantum space with the most nimble of minds, and had the courage to disprove an iconic theory unchallenged for decades.”