Internet’s Response To Stephen Hawking’s Death

He was fighting a battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a growing neurodegenerative disease that strikes the nerve cells in the spinal cord and brain, starting to paralysis, Hawking was able to bring to light to many groundbreaking theories in the field of quantum physics, while making the difficult field available to millions through a range of bestselling books, and helping out students in their theories.

Hawking was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in 1963, after encountering struggles with his movements in his final year at Oxford University. He was given just two years to live by doctors at the time but went on to live with it for more than 50 years, an astonishingly long time for an ALS patient. Unfortunately, there is no cure for ALS or the reasons for it. You may remember the successful awareness-raising campaign for ALS that went viral a couple of years back, the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge.’ $115 million dollars were collected for the research into the disease, following with some major discoveries in the field.

Devastated by his diagnosis, Hawking continued his work while his physical capabilities weakened. Despite all of the problems and psychical hardships he encountered, he always found ways to defeat them. He got around in a mobile wheelchair and was able to talk through an automated speech system, which gave him his iconic, computerized voice.

As well as his achievements in the field of quantum physics, and his determined quest to find a ‘unified theory’ that would aid us in our goal to gain a ‘complete understanding of the events around us, and of our own existence,’ Hawking’s celebrity helped to popularize and bring cosmology to a whole new generation of people.

His bestselling books and appearances on TV shows such as The Simpsons and The Big Bang Theory helped to develop an enthusiasm for science that will last well beyond his passing. He has given hope to the future scientists through his genius theories and discoveries, his determination in the face of difficulty, and his inspiration to millions of people all over the world. He will be dearly missed.

Stephen Hawking has passed away at age 76

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Stephen’s curious mind led him to begin studying physics at Oxford University

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Where he flourished despite finding his academic work ‘ridiculously easy’

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He met Jane Wilde, and married at the age of 23

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He soon became a father of three, but by then his health has already started to deteriorate

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Doctors diagnosed him with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) when he was only 21 and gave Stephen only 2 years to live

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Devastating news was quickly followed by paralysis and speech impairment that left him nearly mute

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He was on home care until he partnered with ‘Words Plus’ who helped to engineer his iconic wheelchair and soundbox

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Despite the grim prognosis Stephen managed to finish his thesis which has become a groundbreaking study of Black Holes

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He later went on to discover that black holes actually emit radiation

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Known today as Hawking radiation

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Before moving into the study of quantum gravity and quantum mechanics

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Writing several bestselling books on the complex subject of physics, and making the science much more accessible to the average person

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Throughout his life, Stephen has received countless awards including the Order of the Companions of Honour from the Queen

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And a Presidential Medal Of Freedom by U.S. president Barrack Obama, to name a few

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He has been hosted by people like Nelson Mandela

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Queen Elizabeth

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And became a pop culture icon

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Lately, a fully fledged biopic movie was filmed which went on to win an Oscar

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Stephen died due to complications from his illness on 14th March, which is, coincidentally, also Pi Day and Albert Einstein’s birthday

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His life touched many others’ and left a footprint on the scientific community as big as only a few have ever managed before

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Here is how internet responded to the sad news:

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