By Gage Simpson, Owner of New Frontier News
Wednesday, March 13, 2018
(NEW FRONTIER NEWS)- Stephen Hawking, the world-famous theoretical physicist, has died at the age of 76 at his Cambridge home, a family spokesperson said.
“He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years,” his children Lucy, Robert, and Tim said in a statement.
Hawking, who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS required him to use both a wheelchair and a voice synthesizer, became well-known for his bestseller, A Brief History of Time, and for his research into black holes.
While working with scientist Roger Penrose he discovered that black holes emit radiation, called Hawking radiation, which is named after him.
Hawking was also a vocal proponent of space colonization as humanities.
In a 2007 interview, Hawking explained his views on why humans should colonize space.
“First of all, I believe that life on Earth is at an ever-increasing risk of being wiped out by a disaster such as sudden nuclear war, a genetically engineered virus, or other dangers,” Hawking said. “I think the human race has no future if it doesn’t go into space. I therefore want to encourage public interest in space.”
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