British theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking died on March 14, 2018 in his home in Cambridge, England. He was 76.
“We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today,” Robert Hawking, 50, Lucy Hawking, 47, and Timothy Hawking, 39, Stephen’s children, said in a statement obtained by The Guardian. “He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world.”
Coincidentally, Stephen’s death was exactly 139 years after the birth of Albert Einstein, who died on April 18, 1955. The German-born theoretical physicist, who was born on March 14, 1879, was known for the mass-energy equivalence formula E= mc2.
On the other hand, it was Stephen who found a link between gravity and quantum theory. He declared that black holes are really not black at all.
In 1963, Stephen was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) also called Lou Gehrig’s disease, which paralyzed him gradually over the decades. In 1965, he married Jane Wilde Hawking but they divorced in 1995, 16 years after their youngest child was born.
In 2006, Stephen and his second wife Elaine Mason divorced. After this, the former became closer to Jane and their three children.
In 2014, the biopic titled “The Theory of Everything” detailed Stephen’s life. It was a film adaptation of “Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen,” a memoir written by Jane.
In “The Theory of Everything,” Eddie Redmayne played Stephen. Felicity Jones played Jane while Maxine Peake played Mason.
Redmayne won Best Actor at the 87th Academy Awards for his portrayal of Stephen in “The Theory of Everything.” Jones was nominated for Best Actress but she lost to “Still Alice” actress Julianne Moore.
“The Theory of Everything” was written by Anthony McCarten and directed by James Marsh. It also starred Simon McBurney as Stephen’s father Frank Hawking and Abigail Cruttenden as Stephen’s mother Isobel Hawking as well as Lucy Chappell and Charlotte Hope as Stephen’s sisters Mary Hawking and Philippa Hawking, respectively.
Here is a clip featuring Stephen: