Stephen Hawking died today, March 14th. He has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis since he was only 21-year-old.
Stephen Hawking was an English physicist, theorist of the Universe, and one of the greatest cosmologists of all times
Many considered him the greatest scientist since Albert Einstein and he was frequently compared with Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton, and Giordano Bruno. On the other hand, he was also called nonconformist because some of his statements and he also had a conflict with the Church.
His main research fields were theoretical cosmology, general relativity, and quantum mechanics.
Between 1965 and 1970 he developed a mathematical model with the help of Dikran Tahta, an illustrious mathematician. Later, in collaboration with Roger Penrose and other researchers, he developed new techniques for studying the large-scale spatial-temporal structures and applied them to the Big Bang theory.
He was also involved in theorizing the relationship between black holes in the Universe and thermodynamics.
Hawking dedicated his life to physics, although his condition and health condition did not help him
At the age of 21, he first noticed a muscle weakness and after the medical examination, he had been told that his life will end in up to 2 years as he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a neuromotor progressive disease.
Although he did not die when the doctors predicted, the illness-related paralysis progressed and he became completely immobilized. With time, he lost his voice and was forced to communicate via a computer which was specially created for him by a friend.
His infirmity did not make him give up. On the contrary, over the years when everyone wondered how it is possible for him to live, he continued to document himself, to research, to elaborate new theories, and to write some very important science books.
Stephen Hawking died today in his home in Cambridge, leaving behind a life dedicated to science and three deeply saddened children.