- Publish Date
- Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 5:24PM
One of the world's greatest scientists, Professor Stephen Hawking, has died at the age of 76, a spokesman for his family said.
In a statement Professor Hawking's children, Lucy, Robert and Tim said: "We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today.
"He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years.
"His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world.
"He once said, 'It would not be much of a universe if it wasn't home to the people you love.' We will miss him forever."
The Telegraph previously wrote of how, in 1962, when Stephen Hawking turned 21, he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease, which doctors said would probably kill him within a few years.
Soon afterwards, he went to Cambridge to start a PhD in cosmology. The next two years were the most difficult of his life as he struggled to find a suitable doctorate subject while the crippling disease took hold.
But, as Hawking's body shut down, his mind began to expand new theories about black holes that would change our understanding of the cosmos.