In 1963 Stephen Hawking was diagnosed as suffering from ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Hawkins was 21-years old at the time. Doctors gave him a couple years to live at the most. Doctors were wrong. Hawking lived a lot longer than a few years, and didn’t allow being wheelchair-bound and paralyzed from the effects of the disease to stop him from doing many things in life, including publishing very popular books that probed the mysteries of the universe.
CNN (@cnn) reported, Hawkins was considered by many to be the world’s greates living scientist. Hawking was also a cosmologist, astronomer, mathematician and author of numerous books, including A Brief History In Time. A book that went on to sell over 10 million copies worldwide.
Along with fellow physicist Roger Penrose, Hawking merged Einstein’s theory of relativity with quantum theory to suggest that space and time would begin with the Big Bang and end in black holes. Hawking also discovered that black holes were not completely black, but emit radiation and would likely eventually evaporate and disappear.
Hawking used a speech synthesizer that allowed him to speak in a computerized voice with an American accent.
“I try to lead as normal a life as possible, and not think about my condition, or regret the things it prevents me from doing, which are not that many. I have been lucky that my condition has progressed more slowly than is often the case. But it shows that one need not lose hope.”
Hawking once posted on his website. Hawking leaves behind three children and three grandchildren.
“We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humor inspired people across the world. He once said, ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss him forever.”
Hawking’s children Lucy, Robert, and Tim said in a statement.