Famed theoretical physicist and author of ‘A Brief History of Time’ Professor Stephen Hawking died in Cambridge, England Wednesday. He was 76.
A legend of modern cosmology and a global inspiration, fans from every field paid tribute to the scientist who didn’t let paralysis stop him from exploring the biggest questions about the origins of the universe.
From Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield to Google CEO Sundar Punchai and admirers from all around the world expressed their condolences.
Genius is so fine and rare. Goodbye Professor Hawking. You inspired and taught us all. pic.twitter.com/9Drdnv2eEe
— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) March 14, 2018
The world has lost a beautiful mind and a brilliant scientist. RIP Stephen Hawking
— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) March 14, 2018
R.I.P. Stephen Hawking. Among his many profound contributions to this world was this simple sentiment: “It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.”
— Samantha Power (@SamanthaJPower) March 14, 2018
Prominent members of the science community including American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and artificial intelligence researcher Demis Hassabis remembered Hawking for his genius. “His passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake,” deGrasse Tyson said.
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
The world has lost a beautiful mind and an extraordinary human being. Such a privilege to have once had the chance to talk to Stephen about AI. RIP Stephen Hawking pic.twitter.com/w4SPl4RLsX
— Demis Hassabis (@demishassabis) March 14, 2018
World leaders were among those to express their condolences, with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeting, “His grit and tenacity inspired people all over the world. His demise is anguishing.”
Professor Stephen Hawking was an outstanding scientist and academic. His grit and tenacity inspired people all over the world. His demise is anguishing. Professor Hawking’s pioneering work made our world a better place. May his soul rest in peace.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 14, 2018
Celebrities also posted their tributes and memories of Hawking on social media, including Kumail Nanjiani of Silicon Valley, actress and singer Emmy Rossum, and film director Errol Morris. Morris directed a documentary on Hawking, A Brief History of Time, named after Hawking’s eponymous best-selling book on cosmology.
Just sitting here absolutely shattered about Stephen Hawking.
— Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum) March 14, 2018
RIP Stephen Hawking. Genuinely very sad to hear that. If you haven’t, read A Brief History of Time. It’ll make the world feel more amazing and beautiful and strange. It’ll also make you feel smart and stupid all at once.
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) March 14, 2018
It had to happen, eventually. We were lucky to have him for so long, and I …read more
Source:: Time – Entertainment