Physicist Stephen Hawking dies aged 76

We regret to hear that [Stephen Hawking died tonight at the age of 76]( We are creating a megathread for discussion of this topic here. The typical /r/science comment rules will not apply and we will allow mature, open discussion. This post may be updated as we are able. A few relevant links: [Stephen Hawking's AMA on /r/science]( [BBC's Obituary for Stephen Hawking](

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14 Mar 2018 12:09 - +24998
“I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first.” RIP
14 Mar 2018 12:07 - +11818
A sad day for scientists and science enthusiasts around the world. He was instrumental in inspiring so many with a love for science. Even as someone in a totally unrelated field, Hawking was one of the people that made me excited about science as a kid. I'm sure I'm not the only one. Rest in peace.
14 Mar 2018 12:09 - +11138
“We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe, and for that, I am extremely grateful.” - Stephen Hawking Rest In Peace to a man who in 1962 was only expected to live two more years. Thank you for giving me someone to look up to as a lost child and sharing your genius with the world.
14 Mar 2018 12:08 - +9780
"The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge." RIP.
14 Mar 2018 12:09 - +7999
Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.  It matters that you don't just give up.
14 Mar 2018 12:08 - +6988
Woah. One of those deaths you always saw coming but still shocks you.
14 Mar 2018 12:07 - +5127
i guess he did outlive his life expectancy by 60 years
14 Mar 2018 12:07 - +3921
Very sad. Let's celebrate his life though, he had a good run for someone in his condition.
14 Mar 2018 12:07 - +3694
An absolutely monumental mind. The world mourns his loss.
14 Mar 2018 12:15 - +3191
pour one out for the OG wheelin and dealin, rubber pealin, physicist on the A-List. His body may be dismissed but his knowledge will persist
14 Mar 2018 12:08 - +2232
Rest in peace. It was an honor living in the same time as you.
14 Mar 2018 12:07 - +1865
Legend. So sad to see him go
14 Mar 2018 12:08 - +1297
No other scientist is even half as popular as he was. No scientist has reached that level of popularity in pop culture since Carl Sagan and Albert Einstein. However, it is a miracle he was able to live this long with his disease and the fact that he embraced it and found a way to live with it is inspiring. The world is a better place because of him and that can't be said of many people.
14 Mar 2018 12:11 - +956
Dust to dust. Ashes to ashes. His contributions will be remembered in the annals of History and the foundations of our Science. Sic itur ad astra.
14 Mar 2018 12:09 - +853
Sad news for everyone, not just the science community. He leaves a lasting legacy behind him, both in terms of his scientific contributions but also his perseverance in the face of a debilitating disease. He was truly an inspiration.
14 Mar 2018 12:07 - +768
Wow. Did this come out of nowhere?
14 Mar 2018 12:29 - +754
He died on Pi day. I find this comfortably poetic.
14 Mar 2018 12:08 - +536
It's a shame but, I think he lived a very fulfilling life. He got an illness that usually kills most people in an incredibly short time, and then he lived out to a pretty healthy and average lifespan. All while being one of the most famous scientists of all-time, a person that was an inspiration and got so many others interested in science. I have nothing but respect for him, I don't think history will ever forget this man.
14 Mar 2018 12:07 - +357
I cant remember the last time I was this devastated.
14 Mar 2018 12:14 - +320
In 50 years he'll be seen in a similar way as we see Einstein today. What a legendary figurehead for science.
14 Mar 2018 12:08 - +306
He was the person who got me interested is science. So sad to hear this news.
14 Mar 2018 12:08 - +244
This saddens me deeply. You were an inspiration for all, Stephen, and the memory of you will last forever alongside other brilliant minds that have gone before you. I hope your body and your soul finally get the rest you deserve.
14 Mar 2018 12:07 - +240
Smartest man of his time.
14 Mar 2018 12:24 - +236
Damn. I guess I forgot he was a person who could die. I mean he's been in my life since Dexter's Lab. It's so weird to thin about how I've never even come close to meeting this man but his life and death still have such an impact on mine.
14 Mar 2018 12:07 - +141
Man, what a sad day for science
14 Mar 2018 12:24 - +123
[You Want a Physicist to Speak at Your Funeral](, and I really hope there are a lot at his service/wake/whatever event occurs for him. I don't usually get bent out of shape about "celebrity" passings, but this one... this is a doozy.
14 Mar 2018 12:07 - +117
RIP. Huge loss.
14 Mar 2018 12:20 - +116
At least he saw a fair amount of the culmination of his work, he worked on black home theory for a long time with their existence and properties. Only a few months ago did we receive images for the first time of an event horizon of a black hole. He got to see what he believed in his whole life
14 Mar 2018 12:16 - +93
Holy shit, at a emergency hospital for my cat, browsing waiting to here back from nurse. Jesus I can’t even process this.
14 Mar 2018 12:07 - +66
Damn, this is really depressing. Rest in peace, Stephen. We owe him a lot.
14 Mar 2018 13:26 - +52
I apologize in advance for the rant. I work in a field that's very unrelated to Science. All my life, though, I've been coming back to Physics and Math, doing some sporadic reading, wishing I could pursue either field seriously, because it always felt like they were fundamental to everything we see around us, and the universe in general. I never got around to doing anything about it, but this man is one of the big reasons I kept coming back. Just last night, some kind of spark was reignited for some reason, and I went back to a lot of old theory - rifling through my school textbooks, just enjoying the feeling of learning. I stayed up all night going from one resource to another, and the rabbit hole took me to Sabrina Pasterski and then [this]( paper. I can't believe that just a few hours after that, the man who wrote it is gone. I'm not even sure why I'm rambling on. I'm in shock, and I guess I'm trying to say that I promise to never ignore my longing to learn science again. I will pursue it, if nothing else, to honor this great man. He gave his life to it, and gave us so much. With both my spirit and flesh willing, it's a crime to not commit. If you've actually read this far, I apologize for going on and on, but I promise you, whoever you are, that I'm going to try. And I will keep coming back to this post, this thread, and this great, great man's life whenever I wander away from this promise. I hope that one day, I can say with pride that Stephen Hawking inspired my scientific journey. Rest in peace, sir. We will never let your name or your unmeasurable work and impact be forgotten.
14 Mar 2018 12:17 - +50
He was one of my biggest inspirations as a kid trying to become a physicist coming from a low income area. Starting grad school now. Here is a drink out to you.
14 Mar 2018 12:21 - +34
Huge loss for humanity, we were lucky to have him as long as we did. I think this means the average IQ of the planet just went down a couple points.
14 Mar 2018 12:09 - +34
Stephen Hawking will be missed. He'll be with us forever through his work and contributions to humanity.
14 Mar 2018 12:08 - +33
RIP, he lasted so long and made a huge impact.
14 Mar 2018 12:07 - +29
Such a sad day to hear news like this. He was such a great inspiration and will be missed deeply. RIP Dr. Hawking. Thank you for all you have done.
14 Mar 2018 12:16 - +27
Sad to see him go, but him passing on Pi Day is quite poetic.
14 Mar 2018 12:28 - +22
He was one of the greatest minds in human history
14 Mar 2018 12:08 - +20
Wow. Such as fantastic mind taken from us. I wish his family well.

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