Stephen Hawking is one among the world’s most celebrated scientists, personality, intelligence and what not. His intelligence is there for all to see but what strikes the most is that he left a mark even in his death.
He said good bye on the most relevant day of the year, Pi Day 3.14. The genius passed away in his home in Cambridge on the 30th anniversary of Pi.
And that’s not all, it also happens to be the birthday of Albert Einstein, Hawking definitely proved his mathematical brilliance on his very last day.
The news was confirmed by his children Lucy, Robert and Tim, who said: ‘We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today.’
The genius mind of Hawking’s pushed the very limit of human understanding both in the vastness of space and in the bizarre sub-molecular world of quantum theory, which he said could predict what happens at the beginning and end of time.
His family said: ‘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.’
Apart from his incredible intelligence, he was an inspiration to people around the world and showed the power of human mind. Throughout the major part of his life, he was confined to the wheelchair with serious issues and yet he went on to become one of the most popular figures in the world.
In his 2013 memoir ‘My Brief History’, he revealed how he was first diagnosed: ‘I felt it was very unfair – why should this happen to me’.
‘At the time, I thought my life was over and that I would never realize the potential I felt I had. But now, 50 years later, I can be quietly satisfied with my life.’
He grabbed the limelight with his 1988 publication of ‘A Brief History of Time’, one of the most complex books ever to achieve mass appeal, which stayed on the Sunday Times best-sellers list for no fewer than 237 weeks.
He said he wrote the book to convey his own excitement over recent discoveries about the universe.
‘My original aim was to write a book that would sell on airport bookstalls,’ he told reporters at the time. ‘In order to make sure it was understandable I tried the book out on my nurses. I think they understood most of it.’
He was proud of the fact that the book just contained one mathematical equation – relativity’s famous E=MC squared.
Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, paid tribute to the genius and said: ‘We have lost a colossal mind and a wonderful spirit. Rest in peace, Stephen Hawking.’
He became so popular that he was even roped in to play a role on the television show ‘Star Trek: Next Generation’ and his cartoon caricature appeared on ‘The Simpsons’.
A 2014 film, The Theory of Everything, with Eddie Redmayne playing Hawking, charted the onset of his illness and his early life as the brilliant student grappling with black holes and the concept of time.