World famous physicist Stephen Hawking is no more.
He died at the age of 76 in his home at Cambridge in the early hours of Wednesday, as disclosed by his family.
The famed British scientist was best known for his work on black holes and relativity and penned several popular science books, including A Brief History of Time.
Hawking was diagnosed with a rare form of motor neurone disease at the age of 22 which confined him to a wheelchair and lost his voice and was able to speak only through a voice synthesizer.
His Children Lucy, Robert and Tim officially confirming his father’s death said that they are deeply saddened by their beloved father’s death, a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years.
They applauded their father’s “courage and persistence” and “brilliance and humor” which inspired people across the world. Remembering his beautiful quote in which he had said once that it would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people he loves.
Prof Hawking was first put forwarded the theory of cosmology combining relativity and quantum mechanics that explained black holes leak energy and fade to nothing – a phenomenon which is best known as Hawking radiation.
His collaboration with mathematician Sir Roger Penrose revealed that Einstein’s general theory of relativity implies space and time would have a beginning in the Big Bang and an end in black holes. Beyond the academic world, the acclaimed scientist appeared in several TV shows including The Simpsons, Red Dwarf and The Big Bang Theory.