New Delhi: British physicist Stephen Hawking, who is known as one of the biggest pioneers of science, died on Wednesday, March 14 at the age of 76.
Diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 1963 at the age of 21, Hawking was given only a few years to live, but he defied the odds and survived for more than half a century.
The rare disease left him wheelchair-bound and largely unable to speak except through a voice synthesiser.
As a tribute to the legendary scientist’s inspiring work and life, we give you some of his famous quotes and facts about him.
1. Stephen Hawking was born in Oxford and grew up in St Albans, as the eldest of four siblings. His father was a research biologist and his mother was a medical research secretary. His birth date is the 300th anniversary of the death of physicist Galileo Galilei.
2. Hawking has twelve honorary degrees, was awarded the CBE in 1982 and is a Fellow of The Royal Society and a Member of the US National Academy of Science.