British scientist Stephen Hawking dies at 76

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His most famous book - A Brief History of Time - has now shot to the top of the Amazon Best Sellers list. Born on January 8th, 1943 theoretical physicist Professor Stephen Hawking, CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA, died today at the age of 76.

As messages poured in from across the globe, Hawking's three children released a statement describing their father as "an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years".

As Hawking told NASA Space Station astronauts in 2014, we wish the same for him: "May you keep flying like superman in microgravity".

Venezuelan designer, Oriana Estefania posted an image of Professor Hawking flying towards a black hole with the caption, "Free, heading to your paradise. the universe".

The celebrated English physicist had attained nearly a cult-like status in recent years.

Top physicists working at the world's largest particle accelerator are paying tribute to Stephen Hawking as one of the great "stars" of physics, lauding his impact on their work and his fight against physically debilitating illness.

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The Theory of Everything is a biographical romantic drama based on Stephen Hawking's life.

"It wasn't easy [for young researchers] to slip out to the pub when the light was still on in his room", he said.

Alana also reflected that Samuel has been inspired by the way Professor Hawking overcame the barriers of his disability to lead a "very successful" life.

I felt a mixture of awe and excitement as I waited for the man who for years had been my idol.

While the most liked comment read: "He hasn't left us".

Eddie Redmayne has described physicist Stephen Hawking, who has passed away aged 76, as "a truly lovely mind". He was inspirational, always optimistic and had a wicked sense of humor too. "I like Chinese culture, Chinese food and above all Chinese women".

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"I fear AI may replace humans altogether", he told Wired in November.

However, in a 2016 talk, the iconic physicist applied his brilliant mind to a more emotional matter. It'll make the world feel more awesome and lovely and unusual.

People from various fields paid tribute to the late icon, who had suffered from ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

People who boast about their IQ are losers.

Hawking, who visited China in 1985, 2002 and 2006, stopped in Hong Kong during his third trip.

He believed that living your best life was more important than hoping for a heaven.

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