Theoretical Physicist Stephen Hawking Dead at 76

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Stephen Hawking, the renowned physicist, had died at the age of 76 last Wednesday.

Hawking was a professor at the University of Cambridge. He made various discoveries in the field of mathematics, cosmology, and physics, that helped in raising his profile internationally.

The news of the death of Professor Stephen Hawking was confirmed by the Cambridge University to NBC News.

Some of is better-known works involve the theory of relativity and black holes. Hawking also published a number of popular science books, including a book that is called “A Brief History of Time.”

For most of his life, Hawking suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which is also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. The said condition causes nerve cells that are located in the brain and the spinal cord to degenerate.

ALS usually kills sufferers within the first few years. However, Hawking was able to survive the disease for decades. The early encounter of Professor Hawking with the disease during his younger years was depicted in the film called “The Theory of Everything” that was released in 2014.

During the past months, Hawking vocally warned about the dangers that are posed by artificial intelligence. In 2017, he said that artificial intelligence could become the “worst event in the history of our civilization.”