Well-known physicist, Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76 after years of struggling with motor disease or ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).
Hawking was diagnosed in 1963 when he was 21 years. He was told that he only has few years to live. But he lived with the disease for more than 50 years.
He spent most of his life in a wheelchair and as his condition worsened, he resorted to speaking through a voice synthesiser.
Hawking made a name for himself in the world of physics with his brilliant mind, even though his body was paralysed by the disease.
“Physics was always the most boring subject at school because it was so easy and obvious. Chemistry was much more fun because unexpected things, such as explosions, kept happening. But physics and astronomy offered the hope of understanding where we came from and why we are here. I wanted to fathom the depths of the Universe.”
In 1988, he wrote a book called “A Brief History of Time”, which became an international best-seller, making him one of science’s biggest celebrities since Albert Einstein.
In the book he spoke about how he was first diagnosed. “At the time, I thought my life was over and that I never realise the potential I felt I had. But now, 50 years later, I can be quietly satisfied with my life.”
Hawking made his television appearances in Futurama, The Simpsons, Star Trek and The Big Bang Theory.
He will be remembered as a great scientist whose work and legacy will live on for many years.
Additional reporting: News24