Professor Stephen Hawking has passed away at the age of 76

We have lost one of the greatest minds in history today as Professor Stephen William Hawking has passed away on March 14, 2018 at the age of 76.

It is a terrible loss and we wanted to create this thread for people to share their thoughts about Professor Hawking, from favorite quotes, to theories, to whatever he and his work meant to you.

We also would recommend checking out the [AMA he did a couple of years ago](/r/science/comments/3nyn5i/science_ama_series_stephen_hawking_ama_answers). Additionally, [here is a link]( to his official website.

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68 thoughts on “Professor Stephen Hawking has passed away at the age of 76

  1. Deako87 March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    For those who don’t know, he was diagnosed with ALS when he was 21 years old in 1963.

    At the time he was given a life expectancy of 2 years. The man had some serious fight in him

  2. lestahb March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    My aunt was diagnosed with ALS 18 months ago. 10 months ago she was driving and now she has a feeding tube. This disease terrifies me and I am so afraid for her. I am so grateful for all the attention Stephen Hawking brought towards ALS. And his cameo on the simpsons.

  3. watch7maker March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    “Although I cannot move, in my mind I am free.” -Stephen Hawking

    This is a really random quote that stuck with me forever. I don’t have any disease like him, but I still feel trapped and stuck by this body, by a system, by relationships, by responsibilities. So the only way I could escape that is in my mind through writing and creating stories. In my mind, I can do and be and exist however I want.

    Rest in Peace, great mind of the century.

  4. to_stop_a_gaben March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    It’s kinda surreal reading this, feel weird right now.

  5. Raqped March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    Bloody good effort to make it to 76 with that illness.

    Thank you for all your contributions to our world, Stephen.

    Rest in peace, mate.

  6. BabyishGambino March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    When I was 5 my mom read me George’s Secret Key to the Universe, that book shaped my earliest years, making me obsessed with being as smart as Stephen Hawking. Thank you Mr. Hawking, and I’m so sorry Lucy Hawking for your loss.

  7. zuixihuan March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    He has been one of the world’s most iconic people for my entire life. I cannot recall a time when I didn’t know who he was. We just lost a legend.

  8. MrDanksky March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    We just lost one of the greatest scientific minds of our time. But at least we had him for the time that we did, against all odds.


  9. chaosfire235 March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    They gave you 2 years in 1963. God may not play dice with the universe, but you beat the odds anyway.

    Rest in peace Professor.

  10. chaosgodloki March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    Whaaaat? This totally caught me off guard. I actually thought it was fake.

    He gave it a good go though. Expected to die young, lives longer than most.

  11. BillRidesBikes March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    What an amazing man. Given 2 years to live and makes it to 2018. We were lucky to have him around as long as we did. We just lost a once in a generation mind.

  12. justalizardking March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    Stephen Hawking has always been one of the biggest reasons why I’ve pursued physics and quantum mechanics. He has served as a reminder that I should never give up on my love of science. I am truly saddened and shocked to hear of his death.

    We’ll see you on the other side, Stephen. Rest in peace buddy.

  13. mrassduff March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    Stephen Hawking was born on the 300th anniversary of Galileo’s death (January 8th, 1942), and passed away on Albert Einstein’s birthdate (March 14th). I can’t even begin to describe how cool that is

  14. Secret4047 March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    I honestly didn’t expect this. Rest in peace Stephen.

  15. g2f1g6n1 March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    The world has lost a shining star.

  16. vanillafishes March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    Rest in peace, Stephen Hawking. You’re back amongst the stars you loved.

  17. pippy64598 March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    A quote from him that I think many of you would enjoy:

    “People who boast about their IQ are losers.”

  18. IHaveSomethingToAdd March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    I hope he is revered and remembered in the future as much as Einstein, Newton, and the other greats.

    He will be sorely missed. Such a great sense of humor. The only guest to have appeared on Star Trek as himself.

  19. chron95 March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away

  20. zSilverFox March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    It was going to happen, but damn does it hurt. Rest in peace. We lost a great mind.

  21. DwightAllRight March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    A royal shame. Fantastic though that he stuck with us this long. He may have not believed in life after death, but in the words of Ernest Hemingway, *”Every man has two deaths, when he is buried in the ground and the last time someone says his name. In some ways men can be immortal.”*

    Live long Stephen Hawking, live long.

  22. HooDooYouThink March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    Man, my jaw actually dropped while reading this.

    The man’s put through a lot. I’m glad that he didn’t just pass away, but he passed leaving people inspired and filled with knowledge.

  23. exeter2007 March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    Who is going to be the next generation’s iconic genius? A great loss to mankind. Rest in peace.

  24. JustSomeParisianGuy March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    Doctors gave him 2 years, but his legacy will last for decades. He made the most of his life, what an incredible man.

    I wish I could’ve met him once in my life, discuss with him around a dinner.

  25. -eDgAR- March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    I loved that he had a sense of humor and made several cameos on Futurama and The Simpsons where [they made his character kind of a jerk.](

  26. CptSnowcone March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    Diagnosed with ALS in his 20’s doctors gave him 5 years to live tops

    He managed to make it all the way to 76. On the way he proved that black holes actually emit a form of radiation contrary to the previously held believe that they are inescapable for all forms of matter; and inspired an entire generation of young scientists. Hawking is a model that not just scientists but all people everywhere alike should strive to be like.

    When i was growing up, we would call smart people einstein. No doubt Hawking will become the einstein of younger generations, and his legacy remembered forever

    RIP Hawking, thank you for everything

  27. Chinaroos March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    Hail to the greatest Min-Maxer of our time! Despite rolling close to a 0 for Constitution, his Intelligence score actually gave him a bonus that allowed him to live far longer than even people with average scores.

    Your accomplishments will echo far beyond the time we got to share with you. Rest in Peace, Professor Hawking

  28. supercrusher9000 March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    It’s incredible to think that someone with that condition could make it that long. We should feel lucky that we got to see his contribution for as long as we did

  29. calsosta March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    After seeing a trailer for The Theory of Everything, my wife was surprised to find out he had ALS.

    Wife: If he is paralyzed how does he write **all** those books?

    Me: There’s not too many, but I am sure it takes an extremely long time and…

    _Short Pause_

    Me: You know Stephen Hawking and Stephen King are two different people right?

    Wife: Oh…

  30. Metal-NPC March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    Man what a drag. Wasn’t expecting to see this before bed.


  31. doorbellguy March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    >**I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first**

    Stephen Hawking

    A Brief History of Time rocketed Hawking to stardom.
    >Published for the first time in 1988, the title made the Guinness Book of Records after it stayed on the Sunday Times bestsellers list for an unprecedented 237 weeks.

    His life was played out in biographies and documentaries, most recently *The Theory of Everything,* in which Eddie Redmayne played him. “**At times I thought he was me**,” Hawking said on watching the film.

    BRB gotta watch the movie and feel numb.

  32. iTC_One March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    Even though I haven’t read any of his research or his work, I know that he has made a tremendous impact on society and other people.

    RIP and thank you for everything you’ve done for our world Professor.

  33. Jabjab345 March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    I got into physics because a brief history of time. I’m going to graduate this year in aerospace engineering partly because of his book. Rip

  34. UndeadKurtCobain March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    I just can’t believe he’s dead absolutely insane to me. A guy I’ve known about almost my entire life. Feels surreal. I think this is the first death that’s hit me this hard. RIP Stephen Hawking by far one of the smartest people to ever live.

  35. KetoMyEgo March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    I did not realize he was 76, already. It seems like… He just seemed that he would continue on, hed already beaten every odd of living. Why not 80, why not 90 even. 76 is freaking amazing though, unbelievable

  36. ctslost March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    my dad and stephen hawking gone in one day. feels a bit surreal.

  37. Malgus234 March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    At first I thought this was parody…. it’ll be weird to not have him in society

  38. ProseWithNoCons March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    We’ve lost another brilliant mind,
    A bittersweet goodbye,
    Now Steve can leave his chair behind,
    The Hawk is in the sky.

  39. mimi1218 March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    I swear this is going to sound like I’m lying but I swear I am not.

    I spent the entire day at school thinking about Stephen Hawking. Thinking about the advancements he made and the fact that he wouldn’t let his disability get in the way of his life. I go to check Twitter a few minutes ago and he’s dead. I am in literal shock right now. He’s been a role model to me for the past several years and now he’s gone. He’s fucking gone and I don’t know what to do with myself.

  40. Poofengle March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    “I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.”

    -RIP Stephen Hawking – He’s crossed thousands of scientific roads without looking at all

  41. Realkdoth March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    The fuck do you say to this? Arguably *the* smartest person is human history is DEAD.

    Is this how people felt when Einstein died?

    Rest In Peace, Stephen Hawking

  42. mgmike1023 March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    It is uncommon for a single human to effect as many people’s lives as Stephen Hawking has. This is devastating to all. May such a magnificent man rest in piece.

  43. sorrenti March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    Feels surreal right now.

  44. TheLobsterofChaos March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    I looked at this and thought, “this can’t be real”. Then I looked him up and it is all over the news. I mean, this just proves that time flies by. One day, he’s teaching people about the multiverse theory and then the next, poof! Man, may he rest in peice.

  45. Sibraxlis March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    I appreciate him and all he did but…

    Why is this on askreddit?

  46. RadianChoi March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    “Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”

    Couldn’t agree more.

  47. Explosion_Boy March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    People like him come around a few times a century. There are truly few human beings who have had as much of a postive impact on the science community and the world as a whole.

    The world has lost a wonderful person today. Thanks for everything; you will be missed.

  48. KinglyThievery March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    Caught unexpectedly. One of the greatest losses of the generation.

    Rest In Peace, Mr. Hawking.

  49. Montreal88 March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    I hope he gets to see the universe.

  50. shadowpikachu March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    Rip, man had more fight in him then a raging bull.

    For anyone sad or need something more light-hearted, here is [Hawking’s character in ERB completely destroying einstein lyrically.]( (character as in someone playing and representing rather then him playing the role, also is the BEST turn taken out of every ERB ever.)

  51. skyboundzuri March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    He was born exactly 300 years after the death of Galileo, and died on Pi day.

    That’s enough coincidences that I bet that someone just as brilliant as him, or maybe moreso, was born today.

    Or at least I’d like to hope.

  52. MacheteJ March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    He had 2 years to live and nearly made it 50. Insanely great reminder to treat every day like it matters.

    Hope his contributions inspire a better generation.

  53. ryuhwan99 March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    RIP one of the greatest minds to ever lived.

  54. ufailowell March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    I hope that whatever Hawking was working on the people he was working on it with can pick up the slack.

  55. Dog_Luvrr March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    Damn, there goes the smartest man in the world. RIP.

  56. Arkham_Z March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    It’s a dark day for science.

    Rest in piece Dr. Hawking.

  57. Freewander10 March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    One of the greatest minds of our era. RIP
    His contributions will not be forgotten.

  58. RehaDesign March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    “We are all now connected by the Internet, like neurons in a giant brain.” – Stephen Hawking, scientist and redditor.

  59. Mclovin182 March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

    We lost a brilliant mind today. I hope to live a life as whole as Dr. Hawking did.

  60. aznassasin March 14, 2018 / 6:21 am

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

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