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Stephen Hawking giving a lecture at the 50th anniversary of NASA. Photo Credit: (NASA/Paul Alers)

Award-Winning Cosmologist and Theoretical Physicist Stephen Hawking died yesterday.

As many know, Stephen Hawking was a cosmologist and theoretical physicist known mostly for his black hole theories. He died the morning of March 14th, 2018 at the age of 76 at his home in Cambridge. His family states that he died peacefully. In 1963, Hawking was told he would only have about two years to live. In 1985, he was told he would never speak again.

Hawking was vocal in his political views and views on the state of humanity. He supported Al Gore in the 2000 US election. He actively supported the Labour Party as well. He often stated that “philosophy is dead.” Hawking supported the colonization of space, but warned humanity that we should avoid extraterrestrial lest we end up in a situation like Columbus and the Native Americans.

Like his peers Carl Sagan, Bill Nye, and Neil deGrasse Tyson, Hawking was popular enough to appear in pop culture. He often appeared as himself in various shows such as The Simpsons. In Hawking, Benedict Cumberbatch played the astrophysicist in his days following Cambridge. ATLUS also created a character based on him known as STEPHEN for their Shin Megami Tensei franchise.

Over many years, Hawking received several awards. One notable award includes the 2015 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Basic Sciences. He also acted as a member of the Advisory Board of Starmus Festival.

Many on Twitter have shown their love, appreciation, and acknowledgement.

From the Legion, we wish you a peaceful rest, Professor Hawking.

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