Physicist Stephen Hawking dies aged 76

We regret to hear that [Stephen Hawking died tonight at the age of 76](

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A few relevant links:

[Stephen Hawking’s AMA on /r/science](

[BBC’s Obituary for Stephen Hawking](

If you would like to make a donation in his memory, the Stephen Hawking Foundation has [the Dignity Campaign]( to help buy adapted wheelchair equipment for people suffering from motor neuron diseases. You could also consider donating to [the ALS Association]( to support research into finding a cure for ALS and to provide support to ALS patients.

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44 thoughts on “Physicist Stephen Hawking dies aged 76

  1. KorovaDroog March 14, 2018 / 10:07 am

    “I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first.”

  2. transnationalist March 14, 2018 / 10:07 am

    “We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe, and for that, I am extremely grateful.” – Stephen Hawking

    Rest In Peace to a man who in 1962 was only expected to live two more years. Thank you for giving me someone to look up to as a lost child and sharing your genius with the world.

  3. ImNotJesus March 14, 2018 / 10:07 am

    A sad day for scientists and science enthusiasts around the world. He was instrumental in inspiring so many with a love for science. Even as someone in a totally unrelated field, Hawking was one of the people that made me excited about science as a kid. I’m sure I’m not the only one. Rest in peace.

  4. RememberWolf359 March 14, 2018 / 10:07 am

    An absolutely monumental mind. The world mourns his loss.

  5. lucky_guy13 March 14, 2018 / 10:07 am

    Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. 
    It matters that you don’t just give up.

  6. dolpi March 14, 2018 / 10:07 am

    i guess he did outlive his life expectancy by 60 years

  7. MethLab4QT March 14, 2018 / 10:07 am

    Woah. One of those deaths you always saw coming but still shocks you.

  8. HadManySons March 14, 2018 / 10:07 am

    Very sad. Let’s celebrate his life though, he had a good run for someone in his condition.

  9. dysxleia_rulse March 14, 2018 / 10:07 am

    “The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.” RIP.

  10. mriguej March 14, 2018 / 10:07 am

    Legend. So sad to see him go

  11. PJChloupek March 14, 2018 / 10:07 am

    pour one out for the OG wheelin and dealin, rubber pealin, physicist on the A-List. His body may be dismissed but his knowledge will persist

  12. Mikey5296 March 14, 2018 / 10:07 am

    No other scientist is even half as popular as he was. No scientist has reached that level of popularity in pop culture since Carl Sagan and Albert Einstein. However, it is a miracle he was able to live this long with his disease and the fact that he embraced it and found a way to live with it is inspiring. The world is a better place because of him and that can’t be said of many people.

  13. Rynos98 March 14, 2018 / 10:07 am

    Man, what a sad day for science

  14. tundrasealpanda March 14, 2018 / 10:07 am

    He was the person who got me interested is science. So sad to hear this news.

  15. vanessalovesturtles March 14, 2018 / 10:07 am

    Damn. I guess I forgot he was a person who could die. I mean he’s been in my life since Dexter’s Lab.

    It’s so weird to thin about how I’ve never even come close to meeting this man but his life and death still have such an impact on mine.

  16. whitecastle4210 March 14, 2018 / 10:07 am

    It’s a shame but, I think he lived a very fulfilling life. He got an illness that usually kills most people in an incredibly short time, and then he lived out to a pretty healthy and average lifespan. All while being one of the most famous scientists of all-time, a person that was an inspiration and got so many others interested in science.

    I have nothing but respect for him, I don’t think history will ever forget this man.

  17. richmelchr March 14, 2018 / 10:07 am

    He died on Pi day. I find this comfortably poetic.

  18. glr123 March 14, 2018 / 10:07 am

    Sad news for everyone, not just the science community. He leaves a lasting legacy behind him, both in terms of his scientific contributions but also his perseverance in the face of a debilitating disease. He was truly an inspiration.

  19. danc4498 March 14, 2018 / 10:07 am

    Smartest man of his time.

  20. QuantumXperiment March 14, 2018 / 10:07 am

    [You Want a Physicist to Speak at Your Funeral](, and I really hope there are a lot at his service/wake/whatever event occurs for him. I don’t usually get bent out of shape about “celebrity” passings, but this one… this is a doozy.

  21. DanielCommesse March 14, 2018 / 10:07 am

    This saddens me deeply. You were an inspiration for all, Stephen, and the memory of you will last forever alongside other brilliant minds that have gone before you.

    I hope your body and your soul finally get the rest you deserve.

  22. shiruken March 14, 2018 / 10:07 am

    Dust to dust. Ashes to ashes. His contributions will be remembered in the annals of History and the foundations of our Science.

    Sic itur ad astra.

  23. AutherialGaming March 14, 2018 / 10:07 am

    Holy shit, at a emergency hospital for my cat, browsing waiting to here back from nurse. Jesus I can’t even process this.

  24. Bspammer March 14, 2018 / 10:07 am

    In 50 years he’ll be seen in a similar way as we see Einstein today. What a legendary figurehead for science.

  25. theSpudnik March 14, 2018 / 10:07 am

    At least he saw a fair amount of the culmination of his work, he worked on black home theory for a long time with their existence and properties. Only a few months ago did we receive images for the first time of an event horizon of a black hole. He got to see what he believed in his whole life

  26. glswenson March 14, 2018 / 10:07 am

    Damn, this is really depressing. Rest in peace, Stephen. We owe him a lot.

  27. Klorithor March 14, 2018 / 10:07 am

    I cant remember the last time I was this devastated.

  28. Daedelous2k March 14, 2018 / 10:07 am

    RIP, he lasted so long and made a huge impact.

  29. chaosfire235 March 14, 2018 / 10:07 am

    Noooooo! And on Einsteins birthday too.

  30. RankSinatra March 14, 2018 / 10:07 am

    I apologize in advance for the rant.

    I work in a field that’s very unrelated to Science. All my life, though, I’ve been coming back to Physics and Math, doing some sporadic reading, wishing I could pursue either field seriously, because it always felt like they were fundamental to everything we see around us, and the universe in general. I never got around to doing anything about it, but this man is one of the big reasons I kept coming back. Just last night, some kind of spark was reignited for some reason, and I went back to a lot of old theory – rifling through my school textbooks, just enjoying the feeling of learning. I stayed up all night going from one resource to another, and the rabbit hole took me to Sabrina Pasterski and then [this]( paper. I can’t believe that just a few hours after that, the man who wrote it is gone.

    I’m not even sure why I’m rambling on. I’m in shock, and I guess I’m trying to say that I promise to never ignore my longing to learn science again. I will pursue it, if nothing else, to honor this great man. He gave his life to it, and gave us so much. With both my spirit and flesh willing, it’s a crime to not commit. If you’ve actually read this far, I apologize for going on and on, but I promise you, whoever you are, that I’m going to try. And I will keep coming back to this post, this thread, and this great, great man’s life whenever I wander away from this promise. I hope that one day, I can say with pride that Stephen Hawking inspired my scientific journey.

    Rest in peace, sir. We will never let your name or your unmeasurable work and impact be forgotten.

  31. mmm_toasty March 14, 2018 / 10:07 am

    Stephen Hawking will be missed. He’ll be with us forever through his work and contributions to humanity.

  32. Gearhead2369 March 14, 2018 / 10:07 am

    It is hard to understate the tragedy of losing someone of his magnitude. Rest In Peace doctor.

  33. Sw33tNothing444 March 14, 2018 / 10:07 am

    Such a sad day to hear news like this. He was such a great inspiration and will be missed deeply. RIP Dr. Hawking. Thank you for all you have done.

  34. SeanTheTranslator March 14, 2018 / 10:07 am

    Sad to see him go, but him passing on Pi Day is quite poetic.

  35. LegacyAngel March 14, 2018 / 10:07 am

    He was one of my biggest inspirations as a kid trying to become a physicist coming from a low income area. Starting grad school now. Here is a drink out to you.

  36. MechanicusAnimus March 14, 2018 / 10:07 am

    Huge loss for humanity, we were lucky to have him as long as we did. I think this means the average IQ of the planet just went down a couple points.

  37. GeneriksGiraffe March 14, 2018 / 10:07 am

    Wow. Such as fantastic mind taken from us. I wish his family well.

  38. TheGnuGuy March 14, 2018 / 10:07 am

    He was one of the greatest minds in human history

  39. TnTlover883 March 14, 2018 / 10:07 am

    This hit me hard. As a fellow redditor put it, Professor Hawking wasn’t a person whose death really crossed anyone’s minds despite his condition, therefore it comes as a total shock.


  40. Formerslave March 14, 2018 / 10:07 am

    Nah, he finally figured out time travel. We’ll see him again tomo.

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