The world-renowned British physicist, Steven Hawking has died aged 76. The physicist and author of A Brief History of Time breathed his last at his home in Cambridge.
The whole world is mourning the death of the great scientist known for his contributions to the fields of cosmology, general relativity and quantum gravity, especially in the context of black holes. Regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Einstein, Hawking was a former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge.
A wide range of people from celebrities to scientists across the globe took to social media to offer their condolences and pay their respect:
Before we begin here is a brief history of the great man.
— HISTORY (@HISTORY) March 14, 2018
NASA were one of the first to pay tribute.
Remembering Stephen Hawking, a renowned physicist and ambassador of science. His theories unlocked a universe of possibilities that we & the world are exploring. May you keep flying like superman in microgravity, as you said to astronauts on @Space_Station in 2014 pic.twitter.com/FeR4fd2zZ5
— NASA (@NASA) March 14, 2018
The people who will miss him the most are his colleagues and students as he was someone who always strove to make them better.
His passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake. But it’s not empty. Think of it as a kind of vacuum energy permeating the fabric of spacetime that defies measure. Stephen Hawking, RIP 1942-2018. pic.twitter.com/nAanMySqkt
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) March 14, 2018
R.I.P. Stephen Hawking. Among his many profound contributions to this world was this simple sentiment: “It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.”
— Samantha Power (@SamanthaJPower) March 14, 2018
Narendra Modi knows how great the man was.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi177) March 14, 2018
Even the CEO of Microsoft was genuinely gutted to know about the passing of Hawking.
We lost a great one today. Stephen Hawking will be remembered for his incredible contributions to science – making complex theories and concepts more accessible to the masses. He’ll also be remembered for his spirit and unbounded pursuit to gain a complet…https://t.co/z1du859Gy2
— Satya Nadella (@satyanadella) March 14, 2018
He wasn’t just an ordinary physicist; he was an inspiration to many. He gave everyone a ray of hope that things can be done even if you don’t succeed the first time.
“Next time someone complains that you have made a mistake, tell him that may be a good thing because without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist” –Stephen Hawking.
— Sushma 🐦 (@Trusts_Destiny) March 14, 2018
— Nishant Patil (@NishantTTC) March 14, 2018
The cast of the famous show The Big Bang Theory paid its respect.
As we near Pi day (3.14) I join the global community in mourning the loss of the greatest physicist of our era. #StephenHawking is free from the physical constraints of this earthly condition we all exist in and he is soaring above us now marveling at it all. pic.twitter.com/o3V0TZrppj
— Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) March 14, 2018
— The Big Bang Theory (@bigbangtheory) March 14, 2018
The writer of the famous show the Simpsons pays his tributes too.
— Al Jean (@AlJean) March 14, 2018
Here a clip from the show:
Let’s all remember Stephen Hawking as he would of wanted, as a Simpsons character.
— Alex Katz (@Alex__Katz) March 14, 2018
The great man once said, “We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.”
As someone who always wanted the best for human civilisation, it is sure that Hawking will be watching over us from where ever he is.
Published on March 14th, Wednesday, 2018 12:20 PM