Stephen Hawking, known for being a Nobel Prize-winning scientist has passed away at 76 years old. He passed away due to complications from the progressive neurodegenerative disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. He was diagnosed with the disease in 1963 at only 21 years old, but he never let that hold him back.
He was born on the 300th anniversary of Galileo’s death, January 8, 1942. During his younger school years, he was known for being indifferent about his studies, but that did not stop him from attending Oxford before moving on to Cambridge. He originally had toyed with either studying medicine or science before settling on physics. Stephen is best known for his work surrounding black holes and was even the star of a 2014 movie, The Theory Of Everything.
Stephen is survived by his two ex-wifes, three children, and three grandchildren. Stephen Hawking once said, “We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe, and for that, I am extremely grateful.” Please keep his family and friends in your prayers as they deal with their loss, and take a moment to remember all of the things that he contributed to today’s world.