“I believe the simplest explanation is, there is no God. No one created the universe and no one directs our fate. This leads me to a profound realization that there probably is no heaven and no afterlife either. We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe and for that, I am extremely grateful.” – Stephen Hawkings
Stephen Hawking, the world famous scientist has died aged 76. His family member released a statement on today morning. He took his last breath- at his home in Cambridge. He was an excellent scientist and also a fantastic man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. Hawking was the best-known scientist in the world.
He was a theoretical physicist whose early work on black holes modified how scientists believe about the nature of the world. Hawking was also a mathematician, cosmologist, astrophysicist, cosmologist, and author of various books. He wrote the landmark “A Brief History of Time,” which has sold more than 10 million copies.
Hawking had ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), which is a neurodegenerative disease and commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was diagnosed at the age of 21 and doctors only gave him a few years to live. This ALS disease left Hawking wheelchair-bound and paralysed. He was not able to move his all body parts, just a few fingers of one hand, he can shake, and for rest part, he was utterly dependent on others or for virtual technology. Hawking used a speech synthesiser that allowed him to speak in a computer-assisted voice with a British-accent.
In addition to his achievement in science, Hawking was a longstanding activist. He was also critical of capitalism, stating: “If machines produce everything we need, the outcome will depend on how things are distributed. Everyone can enjoy a life of luxurious leisure if the machine-produced wealth is shared, or most people can end up miserably poor if the machine-owners successfully lobby against wealth redistribution. So far, the trend seems to be toward the second option, with technology driving ever-increasing inequality.”
Hawking was born in Oxford, England, on January 8, 1942. This day is counted as a special day because it was the 300th anniversary of the death of astronomer and physicist Galileo Galilei. Hawking was married twice. First, he married with Jane Wilde, when he was only a graduate student and remained together for 30 years. In 1995 he divorced her first wife and married to the Elaine Mason, which was his former nurse. He had 12 privileged degrees and was awarded the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1982. Although he was a British Citizen, but still he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Ameican President Barack Obama.