We regret to hear that [Stephen Hawking died tonight at the age of 76]( http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-43396008)
We are creating a megathread for discussion of this topic here. The typical /r/science comment rules will not apply and we will allow mature, open discussion. This post may be updated as we are able.
A few relevant links:
[Stephen Hawking’s AMA on /r/science](https://www.reddit.com/r/science/comments/3nyn5i/science_ama_series_stephen_hawking_ama_answers/)
[BBC’s Obituary for Stephen Hawking](http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-15555565)
If you would like to make a donation in his memory, the Stephen Hawking Foundation has [the Dignity Campaign](http://www.stephenhawkingfoundation.org/dignity-campaign/) to help buy adapted wheelchair equipment for people suffering from motor neuron diseases. You could also consider donating to [the ALS Association](http://www.alsa.org/donate/) to support research into finding a cure for ALS and to provide support to ALS patients.