Stephan Hawking, the world known physicist has finally passed away. He was 76. Professor Hawking was famous for his intensive and pathbreaking work on black holes and relativity. He also authored many important books like A Brief History of Time. He was diagnosed with a rare motor neuron illness at the age of 22 which rendered him to a wheelchair for a lifetime and an inability to speak. He had discovered leak energy of black holes which later came to be called Hawking radiation.
He had demonstrated along with Sir Roger Penrose that the time and space begin with Big Bang and end in black holes. Hawking was a known figure even outside the academic realm and he had featured in a number of TV shows like The Simpsons, The Big Bang Theory etc.
Stephan Hawking was born in Oxford in 1942. He read natural science in 1959 and then moved for his PhD at Cambridge. Very soon in a few years, he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 1963 when he was only given 2 years to live by the doctors. It was then in 1974 that he had given the theory about Hawking Radiation. It was in 1979 that he took over as the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University. It was the same position which was held by Sir Isaac Newton. His book A Brief History of Time was sold like hot cakes with a record sale of more than 10 million copies. The 2014 film The Theory of Everything was based on his story of life. The news of his death has fetched tributes from different sections of the society.