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A brief history of Stephen Hawking's atheism

Physicist author and Cambridge University Professor Stephen Hawking Stephen Hawking dead: Physicist and author of A Brief History of Time dies at age 76
Tobias Pedroso | 20 Marcha, 2018, 13:00

Renowned physicist Professor Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76 after a lifetime of struggle, controversy and stunning achievement. Disproving the belief that black holes are so dense that nothing could escape their gravitational pull, he showed that black holes leak a tiny bit of light and other types of radiation, now known as "Hawking radiation".

Almost as impressive, Hawking took these impossibly complicated subjects and made them understandable for everyone.

He was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 1963, at the aged of 21.

He also had three children with his first wife, Jane Wilde, and three grandchildren, according to his website's official bio. Writing in her autobiographical "Music to Move the Stars", she said the strain of caring for Hawking for nearly three decades had left her feeling like "a brittle, empty shell". Later in his career, he ruffled academic feathers with bizarre statements about extraterrestrials, time travel, and the creation of humans through genetic engineering.

His achievements and his longevity helped prove to many that even the most severe disabilities need not stop patients from living. The company that made the speech synthesizer for Hawking's very first computer used the voice Klatt had recorded for computer synthesis.

Prof Hawking said any aliens that reach Earth would be by definition more advanced than we are, making humanity the Native Americans in this scenario.

California Institute of Technology physicist Sean Carroll says the Nobel isn't given to the smartest scientist or the one who makes the great contribution to science.

His work ranged from the origins of the universe itself, through the possibility of time travel to the mysteries of space's all-consuming black holes.

Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran shared his memory of meeting the physicist.

Ever since the dawn of civilisation, people have not been content to see events as unconnected and inexplicable.

Hawking got a first and went to Cambridge to begin work on his PhD, but already he was beginning to experience early symptoms of his illness.

Despite being wheelchair-bound and dependent on a computerized voice system for communication, Hawking continued to combine family life with his research into theoretical physics. The couple married in September 1995 but divorced in 2006.

"What could define God (is thinking of God) as the embodiment of the laws of nature".

Born in Oxford on January 8 1942, he attended Oxford University before moving onto Cambridge.

After a painful period coming to terms with his condition, Prof Hawking threw himself into his work. "But they are mostly things I don't particularly want to do anyway".

I was so sad to hear that Stephen has died.