Stephen Hawking's appearances in film and television showed the scientist's fun side

Professor Stephen Hawking has passed away at the age of 76

Professor Stephen Hawking has passed away at the age of 76

Hawking was diagnosed with ALS at 21.

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Over the years following his graduation from the University of Cambridge, Hawking attempted to describe that universal starting point mathematically. "That made Stephen Hawking a kind of brand name".

"We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today", the children of the British physicist Stephen Hawking said in a statement announcing his death.

He was best known for his work on black holes, the mysterious infinitely dense regions of compressed matter where the normal laws of physics break down, which dominated the whole of his academic life.

There are so many examples of Stephen Hawking displaying his great sense of humour - including his many appearances on shows like The Simpsons, Futurama, and The Big Bang Theory.

1974: He becomes at 32 one of the youngest members of the Royal Society, Britain's most prestigious scientific body. He realised that radiation does exist and that was the beginning of the epoch-making theory of Hawking radiation.

Hawking published A Brief History of Time in 1988.

Hawking has put Newton's gravitational theories to the test in 2007. "I therefore want to encourage public interest in space".

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His exceptional contributions to scientific knowledge and the popularisation of science and mathematics left an indelible legacy, University of Cambridge vice chancellor Stephen Toope said: "His character was an inspiration to millions".

"I believe that the long-term future of the human race must be in space", Hawking told CNN's Becky Anderson.

In 1997, Stephen Hawking lost a bet to American Theoretical Physicist about the concept of Black Holes which stated that nothing can escape from a black hole which was in violation of the fundamentals of quantum mechanics.

As an author, among his most well-known works was "A Brief History of Time".

Beyond scientific debate Hawking also weighed into politics, describing Donald Trump as "a demagogue who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator" ahead of his election as United States president.

He got married twice and has three children. In 1995 he marries his former nurse, Elaine Mason; they too divorce after several years.

Justin Rattner, chief technology officer at Intel, who introduced Prof Hawking's speech, said: "With more than half a century of remarkable research Professor Hawking has continually pushed the boundaries of humankind's understanding of the cosmos".

Although these two Oscar-nominated actors brought Hawking life's work to a mass audience, the scientist will also be remembered for playing himself in some of America's most popular TV sitcoms.

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