British Scientist Stephen Hawking Passes Away

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New Delhi: Renowned British scientist Stephen Hawking passed away at his home in Cambridge on Wednesday. He was 76. The theoretical physicist is known for his groundbreaking work with black holes and relativity. He contracted motor neurone disease in 1963 and was given two years to live but he went on to study at Cambridge and became one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Albert Einstein. 

Mr Hawking was the author of several popular science books, including 'A Brief History of Time', which sold more than 10 million copies and was translated into 40 different languages.

The physicist had won the Albert Einstein Award, the Wolf Prize, the Copley Medal, and the Fundamental Physics Prize. His life story was the subject of the 2014 film 'The Theory of Everything', starring Eddie Redmayne.

President, Vice President and Prime Minister have expressed grief on the passing away of eminent physicist Stephen Hawking. In a tweet, President Ram NathKovind said, Stephen Hawking's brilliant mind made the world and the universe a less mysterious place. He said, the physicist's courage and resilience will remain an inspiration for generations.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said, the passing away of Mr Hawking, who unraveled mysteries of universe to the public, is a huge loss to the scientific world.

Prime Minister NarendraModi said, Mr Hawking was an outstanding scientist and academic and his grit and tenacity inspired people all over the world. He said, the physicist's pioneering work made the world a better place.

The RajyaSabha also mourned the death of the renowned British physicist and cosmologist, Stephen Hawking. Making a reference in the House, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said Prof. Hawking was a theoretical physicist, whose insights shaped modern cosmology. Mr Naidu said, Prof. Hawking also discovered that black holes leak energy and fade to nothing - a phenomenon that would later become known as Hawking radiation.

Later, members observed silence as a mark of respect to the memory of the departed.

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