There are not many scientists who are known by masses due to the nature of their work, yet Stephen Hawking was a household name throughout the world due to his mental genius and physical disability.

Hawking was a British physicist whose entire life was dedicated to studying the universe. According to the details provided, the scientist passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday morning, leaving behind his children and an ex-wife.

“We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today,” professor Hawking’s children, Lucy, Robert, and Tim said in a statement carried by Britain’s Press Association news agency.

“He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years.”

Hawking’s book on astrophysics which was released in 1988 titled ‘A Brief History of Time’ became an unlikely worldwide bestseller. The book was aimed at unlocking the secrets of the universe and it became a part of every reader’s collection.

When he was just 22-years-old, Hawking developed a rare form of motor neuron disease in 1964. At that time doctors had predicted that he would just live for a few more years.

The illness robbed him of his mobility and left him confined to a wheelchair. Eventually his voice also disappeared but instead of losing hope, he made an automatic wheelchair and his trademark voice sythesiser through which he would communicate.

“His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world,” the family said. “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.”

Born on January 8, 1942, Stephen William Hawking became one of the world’s most well-regarded scientists, earning comparisons with Albert Einstein and Sir Isaac Newton.

His work focused on bringing together relativity — the nature of space and time — and quantum theory — how the smallest particles in the Universe behave — to explain the creation of the Universe and how it is governed.

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