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Stephen Hawking, The great scientist, dies aged 76

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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

In a statement, Hawking’s children Lucy, Robert and Tim said: “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years.”


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.


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