Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking passes away, science loses a star

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1963 - Diagnosed with the degenerative nerve disorder ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, at the age of 21.

"I try to lead as normal a life as possible, and not think about my condition, or regret the things it prevents me from doing, which are not that many".

The recipient of 12 honorary degrees, Hawking was also named Cambridge's Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, a post held by Sir Isaac Newton over 300 years earlier.

Professor Stephen Hawking has died aged 76.

We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today.

I met Stephen Hawking cursorily for the first time when I was at Cambridge University.

He's well known for his incredible scientific breakthroughs with Roger Penrose, having studied black holes and relativity, attempting to finally solve the mystery surrounding how the universe began, and was awarded the CBE in 1982.

On Point guest host Meghna Chakrabarti was joined by three people who knew Hawking as a scientist: Harvey Reall, a professor of theoretical physics at Cambridge University who worked with Hawking for more than 20 years, as well as Vijay Balasubramanian, biophysicist at the University of Pennsylvania, and Kitty Ferguson, the author of "Stephen Hawking: An Unfettered Mind".

1974 - Elected as a fellow of the Royal Society at age 32, one of the youngest people to receive the honour.

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Hawking was also someone with a cheeky sense of humour and appeared on television shows such as The Simpsons, Futurama and Big Bang Theory.

His 1988 book "A Brief History of Time" was an global bestseller; "A Briefer History of Time", meant to be more accessible, followed in 2005.

"I believe we have reached the point of no return. I have so much I want to do first".

Instead, Dr. Hawking spent the next half century overturning physicists' conceptions of black holes. "His contributions to science will be used as long as there are scientists, and there are many more scientists because of him", tweeted Professor Brian Cox who lectures in particle physics at the University of Manchester.

He has published many books, including worldwide best seller A Brief History of Time. He was also one of 100 scientists who signed a letter criticising Donald Trump and his views on climate change and the Paris Accord.

Either way, Pi Day is now synonymous with the leading theoretical physicists in all of history.

Hawking's life was depicted in the 2014 movie "The Theory of Everything". He published more than 10 popular books (including a series of children's books, co-written with his daughter, Lucy) and was the subject of more than 15 documentary films and biopics.

1965: He marries Jane Wilde, with whom he has three children before they separate after 25 years.

The couple married in September 1995 but divorced in 2006. His teachers and peers seemed to understand his intelligence despite low grades since Hawking was nicknamed Einstein.

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