Stephen Hawking died

British physicist Stephen Hawking died at the age of 77, reports The Guardian on Wednesday, March 14. This information was confirmed by the scientist's family.

"We are deeply saddened by the fact that our father died today," said the children of Hawking, Lucy, Robert and Tim.

Hawking became famous after in April 1988 his popular science book "A Brief History of Time" was published. It is translated into dozens of languages and published in a total circulation of more than 10 million copies. The scientist paid much attention to such pressing problems of mankind as global warming, the state of the environment and social inequality.

The main scientific result of Hawking is related to the description of black hole radiation. He hypothesized that black holes of small mass lose energy, emitting radiation in their own horizon of events, and eventually "die."

The physicist spent most of his life in a wheelchair. Symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which subsequently led to paralysis, began to manifest itself in Hawking in the early 1960s, when he was just over 20 years old.
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