Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking in his Caltech office in Pasadena, Calif., on February 5, 1997. Hawking died on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at 76. (Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Acclaimed physicist Stephen Hawking dead at 76

British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking died early Wednesday, his family confirmed. Hawking was 76.

In a statement to the Guardian, Hawking’s children Lucy, Robert and Tim mourned the late scientist. “He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years,” they wrote. “His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humor inspired people across the world.”

“He once said: ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss him for ever,” the statement continued.

Hawking was a household name, a rare feat for a living scientist. But his stunning intellect coupled with his charisma earned him global audiences as he shaped Hawking’s stunning intellect and charisma earned him global audiences as he shaped modern understandings of our universe. Hawkings was best known for his research around black holes, which he discovered emit radiation (now called Hawking

Born in Oxford, England on Jan. 8, 1942, it would seem Hawking was destined for great things — his birthday happened to be the 300th anniversary of Galileo’s death. He went on to study physics at University College, Oxford and later earned his Ph.D. in cosmology from the University of Cambridge.

At 21 years old in 1963, Hawking was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral scleros, or ALS. Those diagnosed with the motor neuron disease typically die within five years, but Hawking lived for more than half a century after his diagnosis. He lost his ability to speak in 1985, instead using a computerized voice synthesizer to communicate.
His 1988 book “A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes,” which explains the history of the universe and space-time, sold around 10 million copies wordwide.

The world mourned Hawking’s passing on Tuesday night.

Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson wrote on Twitter, “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 space-time that defies measure.”


On Monday, Beyonce announced the dates for her new world tour and despite what she preached on 1999’s “Jumpin’, Jumpin’” she won’t be leaving her man at home. She and husband Jay Z will kick off their On the Run II tour June 6 in Cardiff, Wales, and make their way stateside July 25 in Cleveland.

While Beyhive members (Beyonce’s name for her swarm of fans) likely have a savings account ready for such announcements, fans weren’t enuthused to learn Jay Z will be splitting stage time. He’s been in the doghouse since Beyonce’s 2016 magnum opus “Lemonade” hinted at cheating rumors, and the rapper’s public apology via his 2017 release “4:44” confirmed them.

Beyhive members and TIDAL subscribers will get to snag pre-sale tickets today for the OTR II Bay Area stop on Sept. 29 at Levi’s Stadium, and sales for the general public will begin March 19.


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