Stephen Hawking Dies at Age 76 and What His Legacy Taught Us

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Famed theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking, died March 14 at his home in Cambridge, England at the age of 76. 

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The esteemed astrophysicist is credited with bringing new ideas about black holes and quantum gravity. However, he is best known for bringing science to the mainstream by generating enthusiasm for the science world. He was featured on Television shows such as Futurama, Star Trek, The Big Bang Theory, and The Simpsons.

The English Professor encouraged others to "look up at the stars and not down at your feet."

Hawkings was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at age 21 and doctors did not expect him to live more than 2 years after that. On living with disability he said, "My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn't prevent you doing well, and don't regret the things it interferes with. Don't be disabled in spirit, as well as physically."

In the decades that followed despite being confined to a wheelchair, he went on to write 15 books, continue his work in science, marry twice, and even get to fly in zero gravity with NASA.

In a statement released by his children, Lucy, Robert, and Tim, 'He once said, 'It would not be much of a universe if it wasn't home to the people you love.' We will miss him forever'.

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The renowned scientist has inspired generations of people and his wisdom, humor, and spirit will live on forever.