Mind over matter

Stephen Hawking dies at 76
By Undine Markus | Current affairs | 14 March 2018

Top image: Courtesy of Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize

World renowned physician Stephen Hawking passed away in the early hours of this morning at age 76.

The renowned physician behind leading research related to time and space, including popular science books such as A Brief History of Time, which explained the Big Bang and black holes.
Diagnosed with a rare form of motor neurone disease in 1964 at the age of 22, Hawking was left having to use a wheelchair by the time he was 30. In 1986, aged 44, his voice was removed to save his life after an attack of pneumonia.

In 2014, Hawking received a nod from Hollywood in the form of a biopic, The Theory of Everything, presenting his findings in a popular and accessible way. The film, starring Eddie Redmayne, went on to be nominated for the Oscars.

In a statement his children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, said: “He once said, ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss him forever.”

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