14 March 2018Hot off the Press
Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has died peacefully at his home in Cambridge, England, in the early hours of Wednesday morning, according to a statement from his family.
“His family have kindly requested that they be given the time and privacy to mourn his passing, but they would like to thank everyone who has been by Professor Hawking’s side — and supported him — throughout his life,” the statement said.
His children Lucy, Robert and Tim said their father’s passing was deeply saddening.
“He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world. He once said, ‘it would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love’. We will miss him forever.”
The University of Cambridge will open a book of condolence at Gonville and Caius College for anyone who wants to pay tribute to Mr Hawking’s life.
His passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake. But it's not empty. Think of it as a kind of vacuum energy permeating the fabric of spacetime that defies measure. Stephen Hawking, RIP 1942-2018. pic.twitter.com/nAanMySqkt
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) March 14, 2018