Nobel Prize-winning physicist Stephen Hawking died at the age of 76.
He died at his home in Cambridge, England. A family spokesman announced the death in a statement to news media.
“We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today,” a family statement said. “He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years.”
Hawking awed the world with an unmatched ability to make science understandable and fascinating to broad audiences.
He remains one of the best-selling science authors of all time. His first book, A Brief History of Time, has sold nearly 10 million copies.
Remembering Stephen Hawking, a renowned physicist and ambassador of science. His theories unlocked a universe of possibilities that we & the world are exploring. May you keep flying like superman in microgravity, as you said to astronauts on @Space_Station in 2014 pic.twitter.com/FeR4fd2zZ5
— NASA (@NASA) March 14, 2018