Stephen Hawking, Author of ‘A Brief History of Time,’ Dies at 76

British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, the author of ‘A Brief History of Time,’ has died. He was 76.

His children, Lucy, Robert and Tim confirmed the news in a statement, “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years.”

His condition gradually paralysed Hawking over decades and he was only able to communicate using a single cheek muscle attached to a speech-generating device. Hawking became a leader in his field, becoming an expert on black holes and gave his name to the phenomenon of Hawking radiation.

He achieved global fame when his book A Brief History of Time became a global bestseller.

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