The world reacts to the death of the much-loved Stephen Hawking

The world reacts to the death of the much-loved Stephen HawkingIt may be a cliché to describe someone as an inspiration, but there is no title more befitting for the late Stephen Hawking. The British theoretical physicist died early Wednesday morning aged 76, after a lifetime awing scientists and the public alike with his brilliance, wit, and his encouragement to investigate the universe around us. SEE ALSO: Stephen Hawking, beloved author of ‘A Brief History of Time,’ dies at 76 One of the world’s most beloved scientists and a prolific author, Hawking leaves the world with his pioneering work on black holes and relativity, as well as quintessential science books like his bestseller,
A Brief History of Time.  Hawking also inspired people with a disability. At 21, he was diagnosed with ALS, where doctors gave him two years to live. Hawking lived on for another 55 years, where he frequently made appearances in popular culture, from
The Simpsons to
The Big Bang Theory and
Star Trek: The Next Generation. Fellow physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson said Hawking’s death “left an intellectual vacuum.” His passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake. But it’s not empty. Think of it as a kind of vacuum energy permeating the fabric of spacetime that defies measure. Stephen Hawking, RIP 1942-2018. — Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) March 14, 2018 Astronauts Scott Kelly and Chris Hadfield also saluted Hawking. A loss for all humanity. #RIP Stephen Hawking. — Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) March 14, 2018 Genius is so fine and rare. Goodbye Professor Hawking. You inspired and taught us all. — Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) March 14, 2018 As did Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai. The world has lost a beautiful mind and a brilliant scientist. RIP Stephen Hawking — Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) March 14, 2018 Apple CEO Tim Cook appeared to have a typo in his tweet. “The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.” -Stephen Hawkins. We will always be inspired by his life and ideas. RIP. — Tim Cook (@tim_cook) March 14, 2018 Tributes extended from the world of pop culture, with posts from the likes of pop star Katy Perry,
Simpsons writer/producer Al Jean and comedian Kumail Nanjiani. Nyle DiMarco, the first deaf winner of
America’s Next Top Model, said Hawking’s life was a testament to disability not being inability. Stephen Hawking…A testament that disability is not “inability” and that people with disabilities can achieve anything they set their minds to. — Nyle DiMarco (@NyleDiMarco) March 14, 2018 Sad to hear about Stephen Hawking. What a remarkable life. His contributions to science will be used as long as there are scientists, and there are many more scientists because of him. He spoke about the value and fragility of human life and civilisation and greatly enhanced both — Brian Cox (@ProfBrianCox) March 14, 2018 there’s a big black hole in my heart hours before Pi day. Rest In Peace @Steven_Hawking… See you in the next ❤️ — KATY PERRY (@katyperry) March 14, 2018 RIP Stephen Hawking. Genuinely very sad to hear that. If you haven’t, read A Brief History of Time. It’ll make the world feel more amazing and beautiful and strange. It’ll also make you feel smart and stupid all at once. — Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) March 14, 2018 I rarely cry at the death of people I don’t know personally, but the announcement of the passing of Stephen Hawking just brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful genius this earth has lost. — Dana Goldberg (@DGComedy) March 14, 2018 .@TheSimpsons RIP Stephen Hawking. A sense of humor as vast as the universe. — Al Jean (@AlJean) March 14, 2018 WATCH: Inspired by slug slime, this surgical glue is strong enough to patch up a beating heart

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