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Inspirational UK physicist Professor Stephen Hawking passes away

14 March 2018

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking visiting the ATLAS Experiment at CERN in 2013.
(Credit: Anna Pantelia/CERN)

Professor Stephen Hawking, whose work helped break new ground in our understanding of the basic laws that govern the universe, including the revelation that black holes have a temperature and produce radiation, now known as Hawking radiation, has passed away at the age of 76. The news was announced by his family overnight.

As well as being one of the leading researchers in the field of theoretical physics Professor Hawking also sought to explain many of these complex scientific ideas to a wider audience through popular books, most notably his bestseller A Brief History of Time, and through popular culture.

Dr Brian Bowsher, Chief Executive of the Science and Technology Facilities Council, said: “Professor Stephen Hawking was a person who was not defined by the challenges of the illness that beset him for much of his adult life but by his work to push the boundaries of human knowledge in the field of physics.

He has been an inspiration to generations of young people across the World who developed a passion for physics thanks to his work in popularising some of the more complex aspects of science and mathematics. “

STFC sends its condolences to Professor Hawking’s family.

More details can be found on the University of Cambridge website.

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