The British scientist, Stephen Hawking, who was famed for his work with black holes and relativity has passed away aged 76.
It was announced that the visionary physicist died peacefully at his home in Cambridge on Wednesday. He has been living with rare form of motor neurone disease since the age of 22 that left him in a wheelchair and largely unable to speak except through a voice synthesiser.
In a statement his children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, said: “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years.”
Professor Hawking was the first to set out a theory of cosmology as a union of relativity and quantum mechanics and his extraordinary life was captured in a film The Theory Of Everything for which actor Eddie Redmayne won an Oscar.
Latest News From Around The World