Stephen Hawking, the physicist and author of A Brief History of Time, has died at his home in Cambridge. Mathematician, cosmologist and astrophysicist among the most authoritative in the world, Stephen Hawking has elaborated incredible and revolutionary studies on black holes, on quantum cosmology and on the origin of the universe.
Professor Stephen Hawking. Mind over matter and disease
Stephen Hawking, research director of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics of the University of Cambridge, died at the age of 76 at his home in Cambridge, UK.
I do not know about you, but every episode of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ with a cameo by Professor Hawking was for me an absolute pleasure. It will still remain, but will bring a vein of sadness and melancholy. Ironic, genial, esteemed, criticized: the most famous astrophysicist in the world has certainly left his mark on his theories, for the fight against the disease and also for his multimedia productions.
‘For fellow scientists and loved ones, it was Hawking’s intuition and wicked sense of humour that marked him out as much as the fierce intellect that, coupled with his illness, came to symbolise the unbounded possibilities of the human mind.’
Among its most relevant contributions, Hawking Radiation stands out, a thermal radiation that is believed to be emitted by black holes due to quantum effects. Furthermore, the cosmological theory on the boundless beginning of the universe and the thermodynamics of black holes. Let us not forget the elaboration of various other physical and astronomical theories from which even science fiction (and our beloved comics) has drawn heavily: the multiverse, the formation and evolution of the galaxy, cosmic inflation.
And it is right to say: Stephen we will miss you very much. What astounded those around him was how much he did achieve. He leaves his three children, from his first marriage to Jane Wilde, and three grandchildren.