World renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has passed away at the age of 76, according to a statement released by his family today.
The acclaimed scientist's work changed what we know about the universe and defined the field of modern cosmology, and he shared these gifts with the world. He was known for his sharp wit despite being wheelchair-bound and relying on speech synthesisers to communicate for much of his adult life. When he was first diagnosed with motor neuron disease at age 21 Hawking was given only two years to live, but he defied the odds and went on to be an incredible force for modern physics.
"He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years," his family said in a statement. "His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world."
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