Stephen Hawking had a ‘sense of humor as vast as the universe’: unique tributes flood in for esteemed scientist

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Celebrities, public figures, and scientists from around the world have begun sending tributes to physicist Stephen Hawking, who died at the age of 76 early Wednesday morning.

American astrophysicist and Twitter celebrity Neil deGrasse Tyson tweeted a photo of himself and Hawking, saying that his passing has “left an intellectual vacuum in his wake.”

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.

— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) March 14, 2018

Al Jean, the writer and producer of “The Simpsons,” said Hawking had a “sense of humor as vast as the universe.”

.@TheSimpsons RIP Stephen Hawking. A sense of humor as vast as the universe.

— Al Jean (@AlJean) March 14, 2018

Hawking was known for his biting sense of humor, and had said that it “is what keeps me going.”

In 1999, the Nobel prize-winning physicist appeared on an episode of “The Simpsons,” and appeared on the show three more times in following years.

The role helped earn Hawking a place as a pop-culture icon — he joked he was often mistaken for a character on “The Simpsons” — and he praised the series as “the best thing on American television.”

Actor and Home Alone star Macaulay Culkin said the late physicist was “both a genius and my favorite Simpsons character.”

I just heard about Stephen Hawking’s passing. He was both a genius and my favorite Simpsons character. We’ll miss you, buddy.

— Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) March 14, 2018

Astronomer and popular science blogger Phil Plait highlighted Hawking’s scientific breakthroughs in a series of tweets.

Plait described how Hawking discovered how “the most powerful objects in the Universe” black holes “eventually dissolve,” and how Hawking lived for another 55 years despite his ALS diagnosis.

“He was the definition of mind over matter,” Plait said.

2) He had ALS, and when diagnosed he was given two years to live. He lived another 55.

He was the definition of mind over matter.

— Phil Plait (@BadAstronomer) March 14, 2018

Mayim Bialik, who is both a neuroscientist and star of the TV series “The Big Bang Theory,” tweeted that in his passing, Hawking was “free from the physical constraints of this earthly condition we all exist in” and was now “soaring” above the world.

As we near Pi day (3.14) I join the global community in mourning the loss of the greatest physicist of our era. #StephenHawking is free from the physical constraints of this earthly condition we all exist in and he is soaring above us now marveling at it all.

— Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) March 14, 2018

Theoretical Physicist and professor Matthew Buckley said Hawking’s genius extended far beyond his fame.

“Hawking was a great scientist. The world might not have known him had he never suffered …read more

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