The Big Bang Theory, the show famous for making socially awkward physicists see what life can be like outside of the laboratory, has paid tribute to the late, great professor, Stephen Hawking.
Professor Hawking had previously appeared on the CBS show a total of seven times before his death on March 14 this year, so it was only right they paid tribute to him in a truly special way.
Hawking was the subject of a tribute on The Big Bang Theory, which was originally intended to air after the show’s season 11 finale on May 10.
Check out the clip below:
— The Big Bang Theory (@bigbangtheory) May 11, 2018
However, the scene was said to have been ultimately cut due to time constraints.
In addition to the Hawking tribute being cut from the episode, there was another segment – involving the annoying, yet loveable Sheldon – where he receives a call from his ‘Meemaw’, which was also cut from the season finale, reports the Daily Mail.
According to the show’s executive producer, Steve Holland, many of the cuts were ‘painful’ to do, but necessary in order to keep the main storyline moving along.
Following the death of Hawking, at the age of 76, The Big Bang Theory star, Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon Cooper, paid tribute to the late professor.
He stated how working with the renowned physicist was an ‘amazing experience’ before going on to say:
It’s one of the things that’s kind of bittersweet in a way because once he’s passed, and now we’re talking about him, it really hammers home how fortunate I was to get to be with him.
Parsons was just one of many who led tributes to the renowned scientist and thinker.
Hawking’s children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, were the ones who broke the news, and in a touching tribute, said:
He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years.
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.
NASA also paid their respects to the professor, with a beautiful tribute on Twitter, which read:
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.
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
They also shared a video tribute to the British theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author, who dedicated his life to answering the question of the universe.
Hawking was Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge, whose scientific works include a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity.
He put forward the theoretical prediction stating black holes emit radiation, which is now often called, ‘Hawking radiation’.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the world wide web, paid his respects, saying:
We have lost a colossal mind and a wonderful spirit. Rest in peace, Stephen Hawking.
I still can’t believe they didn’t show the clip to be honest! Stephen Hawking was the greatest mind of our generation.
As well as being a revolutionary in the science world, he became a role model for many with disabilities, speaking at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
He understood how disability never defines you, better than most:
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