One of the world’s most influential physicists, Stephen Hawking, passed away on March 14 at age 76. Hawking was known for his major cosmology discoveries, most famously for discovering that black holes radiate energy, now known as Hawking radiation.
According to Cambridge News, Hawking passed away peacefully in the early morning at his home in Cambridge. His three children released a statement saying that “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.”
We won’t forget him, as people throughout the world are honoring his memory.
Remembering Stephen Hawking
Many organizations and people who Stephen Hawking influenced took to Twitter to honor his memory.
Remembering Stephen Hawking, a renowned physicist and ambassador of science. His theories unlocked a universe of possibilities that we & the world are exploring. May you keep flying like superman in microgravity, as you said to astronauts on @Space_Station in 2014 pic.twitter.com/FeR4fd2zZ5
— NASA (@NASA) March 14, 2018
— Cambridge University (@Cambridge_Uni) March 14, 2018
— The Big Bang Theory (@bigbangtheory) March 14, 2018
His passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake. But it’s not empty. Think of it as a kind of vacuum energy permeating the fabric of spacetime that defies measure. Stephen Hawking, RIP 1942-2018. pic.twitter.com/nAanMySqkt
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) March 14, 2018
The students and staff at Gonville and Caius College, a college within the University of Cambridge, are honoring Hawking by having a book of condolences that anyone is free to sign. They also flew the college flag at half-mast in his honor. The college is possibly planning a memorial event, but there are no official plans in place yet.
Below are few famous words from Stephen Hawking that are both words to live by and words to honor his memory. Some of them are inspirational, while others reflect his sense of humor that everyone loved.
“Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.”
“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”
“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”
“People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.”
“Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.”
Funeral arrangements are still in the works, but his family is likely planning a memorial service in Cambridge. It’s possible that Hawking will be buried in Ascension Parish Burial Ground. Many influential graduates and professors of the University of Cambridge are buried there, which is where Hawking earned his Ph.D. and taught for many years.
Hawking also requested that a simple equation be carved into his gravestone — the equation that explains his most important discovery, which was that black holes aren’t black at all. They emit a glow, now named Hawking radiation for the man who discovered it.