Iconic scientist Stephen Hawking, whose ideas shaped modern cosmology, died today at his home in Cambridge. He was 76.
One of this era’s most brilliant minds, the Briton was known for his work with relativity and black holes.
He had authored several groundbreaking books, including A Brief History of Time.
Hawking had been diagnosed with motor neurone disease when he was 21.
The family confirms the death
A brief history of Hawking’s life
Hawking was born in Oxford on January 8, 1942 and grew up in London and St Albans. His father was a research biologist.
He went on to get a first-class degree in physics from Oxford, post which he moved to Cambridge for postgraduate research in cosmology.
In 1965, he married Jane. They had three children.
Thirty years later, he married Elaine Mason, his nurse.