Renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking dies at 76

Stephen Hawking, the British physicist who’s best known for his pioneering work in explaining black holes and relativity, died today at the age of 76 at his home in Cambridge. Hawking had been wheelchair-bound since the 60s after being afflicted by a motor neuron disease at the age of 21; he subsequently lost his voice to a tracheotomy. But neither of those tragedies stopped him from continuing his groundbreaking work, being elected Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, and publishing the best-selling explainer about the origins and fate of the universe, A Brief History of Time. As…

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