Professor Stephen Hawking has passed away at the age of 76

We have lost one of the greatest minds in history today as Professor Stephen William Hawking has passed away on March 14, 2018 at the age of 76. It is a terrible loss and we wanted to create this thread for people to share their thoughts about Professor Hawking, from favorite quotes, to theories, to whatever he and his work meant to you. We also would recommend checking out the [AMA he did a couple of years ago](/r/science/comments/3nyn5i/science_ama_series_stephen_hawking_ama_answers). Additionally, [here is a link]( to his official website.

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14 Mar 2018 12:30 - +12285
For those who don't know, he was diagnosed with ALS when he was 21 years old in 1963. At the time he was given a life expectancy of 2 years. The man had some serious fight in him
14 Mar 2018 12:26 - +7234
Bloody good effort to make it to 76 with that illness. Thank you for all your contributions to our world, Stephen. Rest in peace, mate.
14 Mar 2018 12:28 - +5638
It's kinda surreal reading this, feel weird right now.
14 Mar 2018 12:28 - +4157
He has been one of the world's most iconic people for my entire life. I cannot recall a time when I didn't know who he was. We just lost a legend.
14 Mar 2018 12:33 - +2293
My aunt was diagnosed with ALS 18 months ago. 10 months ago she was driving and now she has a feeding tube. This disease terrifies me and I am so afraid for her. I am so grateful for all the attention Stephen Hawking brought towards ALS. And his cameo on the simpsons.
14 Mar 2018 12:27 - +2179
They gave you 2 years in 1963. God may not play dice with the universe, but you beat the odds anyway. Rest in peace Professor.
14 Mar 2018 13:07 - +1643
"Although I cannot move, in my mind I am free." -Stephen Hawking This is a really random quote that stuck with me forever. I don't have any disease like him, but I still feel trapped and stuck by this body, by a system, by relationships, by responsibilities. So the only way I could escape that is in my mind through writing and creating stories. In my mind, I can do and be and exist however I want. Rest in Peace, great mind of the century.
14 Mar 2018 12:30 - +1537
When I was 5 my mom read me George’s Secret Key to the Universe, that book shaped my earliest years, making me obsessed with being as smart as Stephen Hawking. Thank you Mr. Hawking, and I’m so sorry Lucy Hawking for your loss.
14 Mar 2018 12:33 - +1283
We just lost one of the greatest scientific minds of our time. But at least we had him for the time that we did, against all odds. RIP
14 Mar 2018 12:52 - +1201
A quote from him that I think many of you would enjoy: "People who boast about their IQ are losers."
14 Mar 2018 12:30 - +1080
Whaaaat? This totally caught me off guard. I actually thought it was fake. He gave it a good go though. Expected to die young, lives longer than most.
14 Mar 2018 13:06 - +828
Stephen Hawking was born on the 300th anniversary of Galileo's death (January 8th, 1942), and passed away on Albert Einstein's birthdate (March 14th). I can't even begin to describe how cool that is
14 Mar 2018 12:28 - +814
Stephen Hawking has always been one of the biggest reasons why I've pursued physics and quantum mechanics. He has served as a reminder that I should never give up on my love of science. I am truly saddened and shocked to hear of his death. We'll see you on the other side, Stephen. Rest in peace buddy.
14 Mar 2018 13:03 - +529
After seeing a trailer for The Theory of Everything, my wife was surprised to find out he had ALS. Wife: If he is paralyzed how does he write **all** those books? Me: There's not too many, but I am sure it takes an extremely long time and... _Short Pause_ Me: You know Stephen Hawking and Stephen King are two different people right? Wife: Oh...
14 Mar 2018 12:29 - +276
The world has lost a shining star.
14 Mar 2018 12:27 - +273
I honestly didn't expect this. Rest in peace Stephen.
14 Mar 2018 12:47 - +265
A royal shame. Fantastic though that he stuck with us this long. He may have not believed in life after death, but in the words of Ernest Hemingway, *"Every man has two deaths, when he is buried in the ground and the last time someone says his name. In some ways men can be immortal."* Live long Stephen Hawking, live long.
14 Mar 2018 12:51 - +245
I hope he is revered and remembered in the future as much as Einstein, Newton, and the other greats. He will be sorely missed. Such a great sense of humor. The only guest to have appeared on Star Trek as himself.
14 Mar 2018 12:31 - +202
And he died on 3.14 pi day, or 14.3 over the pond
14 Mar 2018 12:46 - +199
Rest in peace, Stephen Hawking. You’re back amongst the stars you loved.
14 Mar 2018 12:29 - +197
What an amazing man. Given 2 years to live and makes it to 2018. We were lucky to have him around as long as we did. We just lost a once in a generation mind.
14 Mar 2018 12:33 - +159
Man, my jaw actually dropped while reading this. The man’s put through a lot. I’m glad that he didn’t just pass away, but he passed leaving people inspired and filled with knowledge.
14 Mar 2018 12:47 - +139
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
14 Mar 2018 12:30 - +137
I loved that he had a sense of humor and made several cameos on Futurama and The Simpsons where [they made his character kind of a jerk.](
14 Mar 2018 12:27 - +136
It was going to happen, but damn does it hurt. Rest in peace. We lost a great mind.
14 Mar 2018 13:08 - +127
Hail to the greatest Min-Maxer of our time! Despite rolling close to a 0 for Constitution, his Intelligence score actually gave him a bonus that allowed him to live far longer than even people with average scores. Your accomplishments will echo far beyond the time we got to share with you. Rest in Peace, Professor Hawking
14 Mar 2018 14:12 - +109
"I believe the simplest explanation is, there is no God. No one created the universe and no one directs our fate. This leads me to a profound realization that there probably is no heaven and no afterlife either. We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe and for that, I am extremely grateful." - Stephen Hawking
14 Mar 2018 13:12 - +86
>**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 A Brief History of Time rocketed Hawking to stardom. >Published for the first time in 1988, the title made the Guinness Book of Records after it stayed on the Sunday Times bestsellers list for an unprecedented 237 weeks. His life was played out in biographies and documentaries, most recently *The Theory of Everything,* in which Eddie Redmayne played him. “**At times I thought he was me**,” Hawking said on watching the film. BRB gotta watch the movie and feel numb.
14 Mar 2018 12:30 - +77
Man what a drag. Wasn't expecting to see this before bed. RIP
14 Mar 2018 13:12 - +70
my dad and stephen hawking gone in one day. feels a bit surreal.
14 Mar 2018 12:39 - +54
Who is going to be the next generation's iconic genius? A great loss to mankind. Rest in peace.
14 Mar 2018 12:28 - +53
Doctors gave him 2 years, but his legacy will last for decades. He made the most of his life, what an incredible man. I wish I could've met him once in my life, discuss with him around a dinner.
14 Mar 2018 13:50 - +50
We've lost another brilliant mind, A bittersweet goodbye, Now Steve can leave his chair behind, The Hawk is in the sky.
14 Mar 2018 12:54 - +49
"I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road." -RIP Stephen Hawking - He's crossed thousands of scientific roads without looking at all
14 Mar 2018 12:53 - +49
I got into physics because a brief history of time. I'm going to graduate this year in aerospace engineering partly because of his book. Rip
14 Mar 2018 12:55 - +46
I swear this is going to sound like I'm lying but I swear I am not. I spent the entire day at school thinking about Stephen Hawking. Thinking about the advancements he made and the fact that he wouldn't let his disability get in the way of his life. I go to check Twitter a few minutes ago and he's dead. I am in literal shock right now. He's been a role model to me for the past several years and now he's gone. He's fucking gone and I don't know what to do with myself.
14 Mar 2018 12:28 - +42
It's incredible to think that someone with that condition could make it that long. We should feel lucky that we got to see his contribution for as long as we did
14 Mar 2018 12:36 - +41
Even though I haven’t read any of his research or his work, I know that he has made a tremendous impact on society and other people. RIP and thank you for everything you’ve done for our world Professor.
14 Mar 2018 13:04 - +41
The fuck do you say to this? Arguably *the* smartest person is human history is DEAD. Is this how people felt when Einstein died? Rest In Peace, Stephen Hawking
14 Mar 2018 12:57 - +38
Diagnosed with ALS in his 20's doctors gave him 5 years to live tops He managed to make it all the way to 76. On the way he proved that black holes actually emit a form of radiation contrary to the previously held believe that they are inescapable for all forms of matter; and inspired an entire generation of young scientists. Hawking is a model that not just scientists but all people everywhere alike should strive to be like. When i was growing up, we would call smart people einstein. No doubt Hawking will become the einstein of younger generations, and his legacy remembered forever RIP Hawking, thank you for everything
14 Mar 2018 13:08 - +30
I just can’t believe he’s dead absolutely insane to me. A guy I’ve known about almost my entire life. Feels surreal. I think this is the first death that’s hit me this hard. RIP Stephen Hawking by far one of the smartest people to ever live.
14 Mar 2018 13:07 - +25
"The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge." RIP.
14 Mar 2018 12:39 - +25
At first I thought this was parody.... it'll be weird to not have him in society
14 Mar 2018 12:53 - +22
“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” Couldn’t agree more.
14 Mar 2018 12:48 - +20
We still needed him.
14 Mar 2018 12:42 - +20
It is uncommon for a single human to effect as many people's lives as Stephen Hawking has. This is devastating to all. May such a magnificent man rest in piece.
14 Mar 2018 13:06 - +12
People like him come around a few times a century. There are truly few human beings who have had as much of a postive impact on the science community and the world as a whole. The world has lost a wonderful person today. Thanks for everything; you will be missed.

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