Breaking: Steven Hawking has died at age 76.

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14 Mar 2018 11:56 - +4753
"I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first." - Stephen Hawking
14 Mar 2018 11:47 - +3590
It's a miracle that he even lived to 76, considering his condition. That's pretty close to an average lifespan -- very significant for someone with a disease that typically has a 5-year life expectancy.
14 Mar 2018 11:49 - +1769
[Here is an actual article rather than just a text post]( From the man himself: >“My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus." Pretty good bonus. The man was an icon. I remember the time I met him at London City Airport. Different gates, but same drab waiting area. I overheard his wife Elaine talking to the staff about some special consideration for him, and I turned and saw them right next to me. A minute or two later we were both done at the counter and were just standing there. Elaine caught me looking and I just stammered "You guys are... great" in a way that was probably annoying. She said that Stephen had asked her to thank anybody who recognized them in public, and she told me that he felt that he felt he had a duty to strangers who recognized him to keep going - instead of just relaxing at home he felt he needed to keep working. I entered the conversation feeling a lot stupider than him, but then I left also feeling like I was way less worthy than him. Been saving the story for a good opportunity. I guess it's now or never.
14 Mar 2018 12:05 - +1708
To be fair, although this is horrible news, 76 is a great age for someone with as many medical conditions he had.
14 Mar 2018 11:54 - +982
Damn, what a shame. It was a miracle that he lived to be 76 and I hope those years were full of happiness and meaning.
14 Mar 2018 11:56 - +887
I feel like I’ve been gut punched.
14 Mar 2018 12:10 - +805
> We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special. You really were special, Mr. Hawking. Rest in peace.
14 Mar 2018 11:54 - +775
Dr. Hawkings showed that nothing, not even black holes last forever. I think his contributions to science may be an exception. This should be a day of mourning
14 Mar 2018 11:47 - +745
He was truly an amazing human. His mind will be greatly missed
14 Mar 2018 12:02 - +487
If there is a afterlife, I hope he now knows all the answers.
14 Mar 2018 11:55 - +312
It is sad but we should just be happy that he lasted as long as he did, given the condition of his health. The worst part is that he didn't live long enough to get his Nobel Prize for Hawking Radiation.
14 Mar 2018 12:02 - +175
We've lost one of the most intelligent human beings to have ever lived on the face of the planet. Thank you, sir, for what you have and will provide for the scientific community, the better of society, technological leaps, space travel, our comprehension of the big, beautiful, yet frightening place we live, and what your incredible ideas and their inevitable discoveries will give me, my children, and the rest of humanity.
14 Mar 2018 11:56 - +174
How the hell did he last this long with ALS? Son of a bitch was a fighter.
14 Mar 2018 11:54 - +134
The world feels like a dimmer place tonight.
14 Mar 2018 11:56 - +96
I did not expect this today. But he defied odds and was one of the most brilliant minds in modern history. RIP
14 Mar 2018 12:12 - +91
I'd like to think he found it satisfying in some way to leave the world on Albert Einstein's birthday/Pi Day.
14 Mar 2018 11:55 - +78
Rest in peace to a wonderful man. Thank you for everything, Stephen.
14 Mar 2018 12:18 - +69
He died on pi day which is also Einstein's birthday. If there is any day he could have died, this was the best day.
14 Mar 2018 11:57 - +67
"A Brief History of Time" is a great book.
14 Mar 2018 12:00 - +43
Wow this actually hits me harder than I expected. Nearly all of my love for physics and space stems from this man. He'll always be remembered.
14 Mar 2018 12:02 - +37
An absolute legend of our time. The death feels sudden, but he lived 55 years after the diagnosis. And he achieved greatness since then. Thank you, Stephen Hawking. May you Rest In Piece.
14 Mar 2018 12:04 - +34
R.I.P. Dr. Hawking. A Brief History of Time was the first science book I purchased with my own money as a kid and it completely blew my mind. Thank you for your contribution to our world.
14 Mar 2018 11:55 - +33
Pretty tragic. I am choosing to think about it as though we were blessed with many more years of his brilliance than anyone could have expected due to his illness. He was a pargon of scientific integrity. He was my hero.
14 Mar 2018 12:05 - +29
The Twentieth Century is dying one hero at a time. RIP
14 Mar 2018 12:23 - +29
His [last]( published work was a children's book that he wrote with his daughter. That's a pretty nice one to end on.
14 Mar 2018 12:03 - +28
A huge portion of my love of astronomy and my career can be attributed to reading a Brief History of Time when I was younger. Mr Hawking has done so much more than discover, he empowered others to continue discovering.
14 Mar 2018 11:57 - +27
What a remarkable man with a remarkable Legacy.
14 Mar 2018 12:06 - +23
>One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don't throw it away. Rest in peace, Mr Hawking, and thank you for everything.
14 Mar 2018 12:07 - +23
Wow, it’s really hard to frame this from a historical perspective and not just in like a celebrity perspective ya know? This is way bigger than like Steve Martin dying. This is one of the greatest minds the human race has ever had.
14 Mar 2018 12:25 - +20
Astronomer here- I find it very important to note that Hawking was a very rare breed because unlike many others, he legit earned the fame surrounding him. The guy was brilliant, with theories that have spurned a ton of new research, *and* was an amazing person for overcoming his disabilities. I cannot think of his equal. It’s a sad day for physics.
14 Mar 2018 11:59 - +19
A sad day for mankind.
14 Mar 2018 12:05 - +17
"Life would be tragic if it weren't funny." RIP to a great man
14 Mar 2018 11:59 - +15
He was such an inspiration to generations of men and women. We can only hope to have another one of him in our time.
14 Mar 2018 11:54 - +14
One of humanity's brightest.
14 Mar 2018 12:06 - +14
Jeez. 2018's first victim. Rest in peace Hawking.
14 Mar 2018 12:12 - +13
It feels surreal, I kind of felt he was going to live forever.
14 Mar 2018 12:07 - +12
He will be dearly missed by the world. 6 years ago I read his book, “The Universe in a Nutshell”, on my morning bus ride to work, and it inspired me to pursue a greater truth in science. What an amazing man and outstanding legacy. Rest In Peace.
14 Mar 2018 13:39 - +11
He updated a paper on arxiv only last week: “a smooth exit from cosmic inflation”.
14 Mar 2018 11:55 - +10
One of the greatest minds of our time and a true inspiration
14 Mar 2018 11:55 - +10
Rest in peace
14 Mar 2018 12:04 - +10
Rest in peace. May you walk again happily.
14 Mar 2018 12:03 - +10
Thank you for your contributions and inspirations to the human race good sir.
14 Mar 2018 11:57 - +9
What a true inspiration to people everywhere with a profound effect on so many, especially those in tough situations. He will truly be missed, but his impact on the world will not be forgotten. Rest in Peace, Dr. Hawking.
14 Mar 2018 11:58 - +9
RIP to a legend “those who live in the shadow of death are often those who live most” you will be missed.
14 Mar 2018 12:04 - +8
Wow. I didn't think I'd be so utterly crushed by his death. I'm so grateful he lived so long and shared his intellect with the world.
14 Mar 2018 12:02 - +8
A great inspirational legend in the field of science, his name alone has caused many young brilliant minds to push science to where we stand today. May his mind finally be freed from his cage of a body.
14 Mar 2018 12:34 - +8
Rip brother. I don’t believe in anything after death, but I sincerely hope that in life he took solace in the fact that is one of the most impactful human beings in the realm of science, and really showed that people labeled disabled can go above and beyond what most normal men couldn’t dream of.
14 Mar 2018 12:08 - +8
Dang, this hit me pretty hard. Feel lucky to have shared the world with him while he was around. I'm sure he will be remembered as one of the greats.
14 Mar 2018 12:06 - +8
>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 for ever.” Thanks for being part of the universe, Steven.
14 Mar 2018 11:59 - +8
Amazing what you can do when you have the ambition. RIP 😢
14 Mar 2018 12:00 - +7
"I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first." -- Stephen Hawking
14 Mar 2018 12:05 - +7
Wow, what an influential guy. He's gonna be remembered hundreds, thousands of years from now
14 Mar 2018 12:36 - +7
I love that he has an action figure of himself from The Simpson’s on his desk.
14 Mar 2018 12:09 - +6
This just made my heart sink. I can't believe this happened. He is truly an amazing man. Around college he was told he had about a year to live and yet he lived untill 76 to change to world for the better. This man has inspired me greatly! Rest In Peace Steven Hawking.
14 Mar 2018 12:18 - +6
Dude was told he had 2 years to live every day... For 50 years.
14 Mar 2018 12:04 - +6
Today we lost one of the good ones.
14 Mar 2018 12:12 - +6
RIP. 76 is a good run. Everyones existence changes the world slightly, but few have far reaching implications for good. You were a noted member of the latter.
14 Mar 2018 12:29 - +5
Out of interest, what did he contribute to science? I don't mean this derogatorily. For example, Einstein contributed the General Theory, the Special Theory, E=MC^2, theorised about lightspeed and the limits of universal constants, predicted gravity waves, etc... But I can't name one of Hawkings. Anyone?
14 Mar 2018 11:56 - +5
The end of an era.
14 Mar 2018 12:02 - +5
He will be missed.
14 Mar 2018 12:09 - +4
Oh shit, definitely wasn't expecting this. Sad day
14 Mar 2018 11:56 - +1
I'm going to sticky this thread and have it serve as a megathread. RIP, what an incredible individual who contributed so much to our understanding of the universe and life itself. edit: changed the flair to say *Stephen instead of Steven

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