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    Genius but nutty the last few years. I think his mind was going. Small wonder given all the physical problems he had.
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    Hmm......

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    RIP, he had a great mind.
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    Sad. His life was a challenge and he contributed so much. RIP Stephen. A great loss to mankind.
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    I didn't really pay much attention to him. He was obviously extremely intelligent. Did any of his efforts lead to anything which contributed to society in general?


    My impression of him is that he was a doomsday monger. I can understand that having to deal with circumstances which were forced upon him.
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    Rest in Peace.
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    He was supposed to die before he was 25. That was 51 years ago. RIP.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Don View Post
    He was supposed to die before he was 25. That was 51 years ago. RIP.
    I couldn't imagine going through five years with his disease. I don't think I could committ suicide, but I certainly would not be concerned for my health.

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    The passing of Dr Stephen Hawking...

    Stephen Hawking dies aged 76
    14 Mar.`18 World renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76.
    He died peacefully at his home in Cambridge in the early hours of Wednesday, his family said. The Briton was known for his work with black holes and relativity, and wrote several popular science books including A Brief History of Time. At the age of 22 Prof Hawking was given only a few years to live after being diagnosed with a rare form of motor neurone disease. The illness left him in a wheelchair and largely unable to speak except through a voice synthesiser. In a statement his 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."


    They praised his "courage and persistence" and said 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." A book of condolence is due to be opened at Conville and Caius College in Cambridge, where Prof Hawking was a fellow. Prof Hawking was the first to set out a theory of cosmology as a union of relativity and quantum mechanics. He also discovered that black holes leak energy and fade to nothing - a phenomenon that would later become known as Hawking radiation.


    Stephen Hawking was portrayed on TV and film by Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne

    Through his work with mathematician Sir Roger Penrose he demonstrated that Einstein's General Theory of Relativity implies space and time would have a beginning in the Big Bang and an end in black holes. The scientist gained popularity outside the academic world and appeared in several TV shows including The Simpsons, Red Dwarf and The Big Bang Theory. He was portrayed in both TV and film - recently by Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything, which charted his rise to fame and relationship with his first wife, Jane.


    Stephen Hawking arrives on the red carpet with former wife Jane Hawking (l) and daughter Lucy Hawking (r).

    Factfile: Stephen Hawking

    * Born 8 January 1942 in Oxford, England
    * Earned place at Oxford University to read natural science in 1959, before studying for his PhD at Cambridge
    * By 1963, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease and given two years to live
    * Outlined his theory that black holes emit "Hawking radiation" in 1974
    * In 1979, he became the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the Cambridge - a post once held by Sir Isaac Newton
    * Published his book A Brief History of Time in 1988, which has sold more than 10 million copies
    * In the late 1990s, he was reportedly offered a knighthood, but 10 years later revealed he had turned it down over issues with the government's funding for science
    * His life story was the subject of the 2014 film The Theory of Everything, starring Eddie Redmayne

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