On March 14, 2018, Stephen Hawking was confirmed dead in Cambridge, England. Stephen
Hawking died due to a disease called ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), but it was no surprise as he had this illness since his early twenties. In fact, it is quite a miracle that he managed to live decades after he was diagnosed, as physicians expected him to die before the age of thirty. Fortunately, Stephen Hawking’s prolonged lifetime allowed for him to make countless new discoveries in science, and his accomplishments are highly celebrated by many scientists.
Stephen Hawking was a doctorate student in cosmology at the University of Cambridge during the 1960’s. Unexpectedly, he was diagnosed with ALS when he was 21 years old. Although Stephen Hawking had to deal with a troublesome disorder, he continued to study and make great impact on the world of science. In 1988, he published his book A Brief History of Time , and it instantly became a blockbuster success.
In the early 1970’s, Stephen Hawking began to see what quantum physics could tell about the event horizon, which is a black hole’s surface of no return. Hawking found out that this surface should slowly emit radiation, and that they were not truly black. He dove even deeper into the study of black holes and made many new discoveries that no other scientists never even came close to. Afterall, black holes were nothing but mere mathematical curiosities before Stephen Hawking’s explorations. To this day, Stephen Hawking is most known for his black holes studies.
Stephen Hawking is undoubtedly one of the most influential physicists of the twentieth century. People all around the world mourned Stephen Hawking’s death, and multiple renowned scientists like Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Raphael Bousso, and Malcolm Perry all acknowledged his accomplishments. Neil DeGrasse Tyson, one of the most influential astrophysicists of today, 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.”
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