Stephen Hawking has died aged 76.
The theoretical physicist died peacefully at his home in Cambridge in the early hours of the morning.
He was known for his work on black holes and relativity, penning the groundbreaking A Brief History Of Time in 1988.
Hawking defied medical opinion, despite suffering from a form motor neurone disease known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
It is perhaps fitting, that he check out of the world on not just Pi Day, but Albert Einstein’s birthday.
Something that Twitter clocked onto in their droves…
Stephen Hawking was born January 8, 1942, on the 300th anniversary of Galileo's death. He died today, March 14th, on the anniversary of Einstein's birth. Time is circular – no beginning, no end.
— Warren Leight (@warrenleightTV) March 14, 2018
Stephen Hawking was born on the 300th death anniversary of Galileo Galilei, and died on the 139th birth anniversary of Albert Einstein.
Gravity is indeed deterministic.
— Dr. Karan Jani (@AstroKPJ) March 14, 2018
Hawking died on the day Einstein was born;
And on the anniversary of Galileo's death;
Which happens to be PI Day;
Einstein and Hawking both died aged 76.
I promise it just gets weirder
— Marina Amaral (@marinamaral2) March 14, 2018
So let me get this straight….. Stephen Hawking
-died on Pi Day
-died on Albert Einstein’s birthday
-was born on the 300th anniversary of Galileo’s death
The cosmos is cosmic af
— Mykie (@Glam_And_Gore) March 14, 2018
Born on Isaac Newton's birthday, died on Albert Einstein's birrhday.
RIP Stephen Hawking.
— The Malcontent (@TheMal_Content) March 14, 2018
As noted by some, he was also born on the 300th death anniversary of Galileo Galilei, and Isaac Newton’s birthday.
When the theoretical physicist, cosmologist and author was diagnosed in 1963, doctors gave him just two years to live.
His children Lucy, Robert and Tim said in a statement:
We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today.
He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years.
His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world.
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 forever.
Leo McCluskey, an associate professor of neurology and medical director of the ALS Centre at the University of Pennsylvania, told Scientific American:
One thing that is highlighted by this man’s course is that this is an incredibly variable disorder in many ways. On average people live two to three years after diagnosis.
But that means that half the people live longer, and there are people who live for a long, long time. Life expectancy turns on two things: the motor neurons running the diaphragm—the breathing muscles. So the common way people die is of respiratory failure.
And the other thing is the deterioration of swallowing muscles, and that can lead to malnutrition and dehydration.
If you don’t have these two things, you could potentially live for a long time—even though you’re getting worse. What’s happened to him is just astounding. He’s certainly an outlier.
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Rest in Power, Stephen.