British scientist Stephen Hawking dies at 76

British scientist Stephen Hawking dies at 76

According to Biography.com, "Scientist Stephen Hawking is known for his groundbreaking work with black holes and relativity, and is the author of several popular science books including 'A Brief History of Time'".

They praised his "courage and persistence" and said his "brilliance and humour" inspired people across the world. His life was the subject of an award-winning movie, "The Theory of Everything". He had two younger sisters and a brother.

"His family have kindly requested that they be given the time and privacy to mourn his passing, but they would like to thank everyone who has been by Professor Hawking's side - and supported him - throughout his life", the statement said.

He was given only a few years to live after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 1963 at the age of 22.

Hawking was limited physically by early onset Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

He completed his doctorate on the origins of the universe, became a research fellow at Caius College and married Wilde in 1965.

He was a Lucasian Professor at the university from 1979 to 2009, a position previously held by Isaac Newton in 1663. The couple split after 25 years and he married his former nurse, Elaine Mason, but the union broke down amid allegations, denied by him, of abuse.

The film "The Theory of Everything", starring Eddie Redmayne as Hawking, was based on the early years of Hawking's life.

We were on earth at the same time as Stephen Hawking. Spreading out may be the only thing that saves us from ourselves.

Hawking also warned Britain ahead of the Brexit referendum in 2016 against leaving the European Union: "Gone are the days when we could stand on our own against the world".

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