Looking back on the life of legendary physicist Stephen Hawking

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One of the most influential scientists of the last century, Stephen William Hawking was a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge
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Since 1960s, Hawking has been suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis that has gradually paralyzed him. Photo: Stephen Hawking and his first wife Jane, 1965
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He worked on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. Photo: Stephen Hawking at the University of Potsdam, Germany, 1999
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Hawking was known for several popular science books. Photo:Stephen Hawking poses with his second wife Elaine Mason, 1995
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Stephen Hawking enjoys zero gravity during a flight aboard a modified Boeing 727 aircraft, 2007
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In 1988 Hawking published the book for nonspecialist readers with no prior knowledge of scientific theories, called A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes. Photo: Professor Stephen Hawking is seen with his daughter Lucy Hawking during a presentation at the The George Washington University in Washington, USA, 2008
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Professor Stephen Hawking speaks to the press in London, Britain, 2014
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Professor Stephen Hawking poses for photographers upon arrival for the Interstellar Live show at the Royal Albert Hall in central London, Britain
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Hawking was a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. Photo: USt President Barack Obama talks with Stephen Hawking, 2009
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Stephen Hawking died on 14 March 2018, at the age of 76
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