Stephen Hawkings dies at age 76

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Born in 1942, Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 22 and was told he only had two years left to live.

55 years later, after providing an enormous contribution to science, Professor Hawking passed away at the age of 76 peacefully in his home. Professor Hawking has done amazing things for this world and he will be missed.

He has been the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University, and sold over 10 million copies of his book, A Brief History in Time. A theoretical physicist, he worked in the fields of general relativity, quantum gravity and cosmology.

Professor Hawkings will be missed by the world. Thank you for everything.

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President Barack Obama talks with Stephen Hawking in the Blue Room of the White House before a ceremony presenting him and 15 others the Presidential Medal of Freedom, August 12, 2009. The Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest civilian honor. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. 

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