Stephen Hawking is perhaps the most iconic scientist in the history of the world, arguably equal in fame to the late, great, Albert Einstein. Hawking made groundbreaking discoveries in the field of theoretical physics, including insights into sophisticated phenomena like black holes.
However, tragically, Stephen lost his life back in March of this year, and many of his fans and supporters honored his passing.
Those who appreciate the scientist’s work can rest easy knowing that he passed away peacefully from the disease he suffered. According to his death certificate, he died because of Motor Neurone Disease, a form of ALS.
In a report from TMZ, the publication claims that coroners released the documents earlier in the day today, so the nature of his passing has been settled once and for all.
Additionally, his family chose to cremate his body, as Stephen was a devout atheist. Some of his fans protested the idea of his family honoring him in a religious manner.
As you may know, Stephen dealt with ALS for the majority of his career. Doctors diagnosed him with the illness when he was in his twenties.
But miraculously, Stephen went on to become one of the world’s greatest minds despite his obvious setbacks. Stephen was not only a scientist but an infamous cultural figure who made guest appearances on TV shows including The Simpsons and The Big Bang Theory.
And he passed away at the age of 76, an age that most sufferers of ALS never get to, unfortunately. Hawkin is most famous for working on a project with Roger Penrose on the gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity.
He also predicted that black holes emitted radiation, a principle now called “Hawking radiation.” Some of his most influential works include his book, A Brief History Of Time, and A Briefer History Of Time.