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Professor Stephen Hawking was an inspiration to me to become not just a scientist but a communicator of that science.

A spokeswoman for Sweden's royal household says Swedish royals were "very sad" when receiving news of Hawking's death, adding he was "a fantastic, great and eminent researcher".

The European Space Agency shared a photo of Prof Hawking in 2007 experiencing zero gravity aboard a plane, alongside a caption which said he "showed us there are no limits to achieving our dreams".

The college, where Professor Hawking spent 52 of his 76 years, has opened a book of condolences which has been signed by well over 1,000 people already.

Hawking - in cartoon form - appeared on Futurama several times, starting with the episode "Anthology of Interest I". "He was a warrior".

Hawking's work has created arguably the biggest paradox in theoretical physics. One day in February of 1992 (see note at bottom), I was walking with Gerry Brown, a nuclear theorist who also visited Caltech each year in the Spring, together with Hans Bethe, Brown's collaborator on the theory of binary neutron stars, along the lovely paths in Arcadia's Arboretum.

"He has inspired a whole generation with his ability to present complex science in a popular way". Over time, you have progressive muscle weakness, which can include the muscles for swallowing and breathing, Dr Lau, who is an assistant professor in the department of neurology and director of the Lysosomal Storage Disease Program at NYU Langone Health, explained.

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The announcement prompted an outpouring of tributes from leading figures, from NASA and Tim Peake, to actor Eddie Redmayne who played Hawking in the 2014 film The Theory of Everything.

"If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason - for then we would know the mind of God". This approach shows convincingly that black holes do not violate any laws, and (by amending Hawking's theory just a tiny bit) that theory can be appreciated in all its beauty. "Work gives you meaning and objective, and life is empty without it", Hawking reminded them at the time.

Stephen Hawking has battled ALS for decades.

Toope said that Hawking's "exceptional contributions to scientific knowledge and the popularization of science and mathematics have left an indelible legacy".

His death was confirmed by a spokesman for Cambridge University.

At the age of 21, while Stephen was pursuing his PhD at Cambridge university, he was diagnosed with a disease called Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), which according to the doctors is "100 percent fatal" and such patients do not survive more than 2 years.

Despite many people with the disease dying within the first few years of diagnosis, with around a third not surviving past a year, Hawking managed to live for more than 50 years until his death at his home on 14 March.

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