At the 77th year of life, the distinguished British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking died at home in Cambridge early in the morning on March 14. This is reported by the BBC with reference to the statement of the scientist's family.
Stephen Hawking was born on January 8, 1942 in Oxford, and at the age of 22 he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Doctors believed that he had less than three years, but this forecast was not justified. The physicist lived a long life, studying the theory of black holes and the emergence of the world as a result of the Big Bang.
When Steven began to develop paralysis, he could still control the computer with his thumb, but later the mobility retained only the muscle of the cheek, and the typing speed fell sharply. In 2011, the scientist turned to the co-founder of Intel Gordon Moore for help. Specialists of the processor giant developed for him a text editor with a predictive algorithm, and in 2014 a more perfect speech synthesizer ACAT was created (later the software was made free for downloading).
"We are deeply saddened that our beloved father left us today. He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man, whose work and heritage will live for many years. - said in a statement of the children of Lucy, Robert and Tim. "Once he said:" [The earth] would not be a large part of the universe, if it had not become a home for the people you love. " We will always miss him. "
Stephen Hawking was a great popularizer of science and the author of several popular science books. He wrote a "Brief History of Time", "Black Holes and Young Universes", "The World in a Nutshell" and a children's trilogy about the adventures of the boy George. The scientist warned of the danger of artificial intelligence and believed that mankind is threatened with extinction if we do not leave Earth in the next thousand years.
In 2012, Stephen Hawking played himself in the series "The Big Bang Theory." His character appeared in The Simpsons, Griffins, Futurama (where the professor sounded his own head) and Mister Piklze.
In 2014, the screen saw the film "The Universe of Stephen Hawking." Eddie Redmayne played the role of a young scientist and received an Oscar for her.