Professor Stephen Hawking now enjoying 'well-earned peace' after extraordinary life, says ex-wife
Professor Stephen Hawking will now be enjoying âwell-earned peaceâ after an âextraordinary and courageousâ life, his former wife Jane said last night following the death of the theoretical physicist.
Professor Hawking, 76, who was given just two years to live after being diagnosed with a rare form of motor neuron disease at the age of 22 defied all expectations to become a father-of-three, bestselling author and groundbreaking scientist.
His proposal that black holes could lose energy and evaporate by sending out âHawking Radiationâ changed how physicists viewed the universe. If his theory had been observed in his lifetime he would almost certainly have won a Nobel Prize.
Ever campaigning, Prof Hawking turned down a knighthood in the 1990s in protest of science funding cuts and more recently was part of a group taking the NHS to judicial review over the commercialisation of health services.
Even in the months before his death, Professor Hawking was still attempting to find a grand unified theory which would describe the behaviour of all matter in the universe, from tiny particles to giant gravity-bending planets, as well as lecturing widely and hunting for alien civilisations.Source: Google News