A brief history and a long legacy: Stephen Hawking dies at 76After a life spent exploring the universe, the renowned physicist and the man who gave us "The Universe in a Nutshell" has died.
Famed physicist Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76. Hawking was renounced for his work on theoretical physics and cosmology. With groundbreaking research exploring the laws that underpin the universe including the theory that black holes emit radiation. Hawking authored more than a dozen books including A Brief History of Time, and devoted much of his life to making his complex theories accessible to everyone. And appearing in documentaries and talk shows to discuss everything from aliens to the end of the planet Earth. In recent years Hawking also became an outspoken critic of the dangers of artificial intelligence. Warning that AI could become the worst thing to happen to humanity in history. Hawking was diagnosed with ALS shortly after his 21st birthday, a life-changing event captured in the biopic The Theory of Everything. But despite the diagnosis and his reliance on a wheelchair and computer for his speech, he went on to release countless academic publications and earn 13 honorary degrees. In a statement following his passing his children Lucy Robert and Timothy Hawkins said they were deeply saddened by his loss. He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. Tributes have poured in from across the world as the science and technology communities mourn the loss of a legend. Stephen Hawking, the man who gave us the universe in a nutshell, dead at 76