Stephen Hawking, honorary degree recipient, dies at age 76

17 March, 2018, 01:16 | Author: Patty Aguilar
  • Physicist Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76

Sometimes it feels like science is losing ground in the modern world, but people still look to the stars for answers about who we are and how we come to be here.

Yesterday, the world lost one of the most venerable and visionary scientists of our time, Stephen Hawking; a true visionary figure who has been hailed by many as "an inspiration to millions".

Ben Hansson, a third-year astrophysics student, said he was shocked to hear about the death of a man who'd inspired countless physicists and cosmologists.

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As tributes continued to flood in for Professor Hawking, who died early on Wednesday morning, a spokeswoman for Gonville & Caius college said plans to celebrate his life and career were being discussed. 'He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years.

Renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson said in a tweet that the passing of Hawking will leave "an intellectual vacuum". In addition, Hawking's extremely important discoveries were linked with such exotic objects as black holes.

I have been worrying these past couple of years that my world is running out of idols and role models and noticed that I have been gravitating towards achievers and dreamers in science and technology more than politicos and "leaders".

Barr, the current president of the Society of Catholics Scientists, reflected on what Hawking's role as a scientist means for beliefs about the origin of the universe.

Prof Hawking joined the growing rank of academics who refuse to endorse and engage with Israeli academic institutions till Israel respects global law, ends its occupation and respects Palestinian human rights. At the time, the monarch reportedly joked with Hawking, asking him if he's "still got that American voice".


The cast of the show were grateful to have met Hawking and expressed this through Twitter.

When David Gilmour saw a TV ad in the 1990's featuring Hawking he chose to use samples from of it on "Keep Talking" from 1994's The Division Bell and again on "Talkin Hawkin" found on 2014's The Endless River.

Stephen Hawking has battled ALS for decades.

But most of all, he'll be remembered for expanding our universe, opening up new realms of human possiblity and achievement while exploring scientific theory.

He predicted the existence of mini-black holes at the time of the Big Bang.

In 1974, Hawking that black holes explode and disappear, releasing radiation and particles.

"There are many good theoretical physicists who make a big contribution, but there aren't that many greats", he added.

"Through so many years in the public eye he did a huge amount to raise awareness of motor neurone disease (MND), yet he never allowed himself to be defined by his illness", said Sally Light, the MND Association's CEO, in a statement.

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