Science’s Brightest Star Goes Out
Legendary Physicist Stephen Hawking Dies at 76
CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR
World-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking died at his home in Cambridge yesterday. He was born on January 8, 1942—the 300th anniversary of the death of the astronomer Galileo. Hawking was also a cosmologist, a mathematician and an author.
And while several of his theories met with skepticism or caused controversy in the scientific community, many people considered Hawking the world’s greatest modern-day scientist.
MATTHEW CHANCE, CNN CORRESPONDENT
By any measure, Stephen Hawking’s life was incredible—even more so because in the 1960s, he was diagnosed with ALS, or [a] motor neuron disease, and given just a few years to live.
This rare form of motor neuron disease left him virtually paralyzed [and] unable to express his profound vision of humanity and science without a voice synthesizer.