Stephen Hawking, the legendary theoretical physicist and author of “A Brief History of Time,” has died at age 76. Legendary scientist, who explained the complex workings of the universe to the masses in his writings as he hunted for the elusive “theory of everything,” died early Wednesday at his home in Cambridge, England, his family said.
A family spokesman confirmed the news to the media.
Hawking was one of the most notable and well-known scientists of the past century, responsible for numerous advances in the fields of cosmology and physics.
“We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today,” his children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, said in a statement.. 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 humour 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.”
He followed up “A Brief History of Time” in 2001 with the more accessible sequel, “The Universe in a Nutshell,” updating readers on concepts like the possibility of an 11-dimension universe.