Stephen William Hawking CH CBE FRS FRSA 1942 - 2018 R.I.P.
Passed peacefully at home in the early hours. After being diagnosed with a rare motor neurone disease at the age of 22 Prof Hawking went on to defy medical predictions and define modern physics.
◾Born 8 January 1942 in Oxford, England
◾Earned place at Oxford University to read natural science in 1959, before studying for his PhD at Cambridge
◾By 1963, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease and given two years to live
◾Outlined his theory that black holes emit “Hawking radiation” in 1974
◾In 1979, he became the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the Cambridge - a post once held by Sir Isaac Newton
◾Published his book A Brief History of Time in 1988, which has sold more than 10 million copies
◾In the late 1990s, he was reportedly offered a knighthood, but 10 years later revealed he had turned it down over issues with the government’s funding for science
Of all the plaudits and tributes on social media, my favourite, and the most tongue in cheek is, from "God":-
“It’s only been a few hours and Stephen Hawking already mathematically proved, to My face, that I don’t exist.”
All those who believe in psychokenesis raise my hand........