British physicist Stephen Hawking, who is the author of the worldwide best-selling book A Brief History of Time has died at the age of 76. Hawking’s children, Lucy, Robert and Tim recently confirmed the news to the BBC in a statement that said: “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.”
Hawking suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and was confined to an electric wheelchair for much of his adult life. He was diagnosed at age 21 and was unable to move a muscle, and only communicated via a computer-synthesized voice. He was one of the world’s longest survivors of ALS ever, and one of the brightest minds this world has ever known.