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.
Stephen Hawking was born January 8, 1942, on the 300th anniversary of Galileo's death. He died today, March 14th, on the anniversary of Einstein's birth. Time is circular – no beginning, no end.
— Warren Leight (@warrenleightTV) March 14, 2018
I like to think Stephen Hawking is discussing stars with Carrie Fisher right now.
— Denizcan James (@MrFilmkritik) March 14, 2018
They said Stephen Hawking had 2 years to live in 1963.
They said Stephen Hawking would never speak again in 1985.
He stuck around until 2018 with one of the loudest voices on the planet.
Nothing kept him from his dreams. We honor him by living the same way.
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) March 14, 2018
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
Today, we remembered Professor Stephen Hawking, who was a brilliant cosmologist that changed our view of the universe with his remarkable theories and outreach. Here's a look back at Hawking's relationship with NASA that spanned the years: https://t.co/KaSfCgctj7 pic.twitter.com/uSkSKhLn7V
— NASA (@NASA) March 14, 2018
From the Legion, we wish you a peaceful rest, Professor Hawking.