Died the famous British physicist Stephen Hawking

The British broadcaster BBC announced the death of the famous physicist Stephen Hawking. About it journalists were told by the representatives of the family of the scientist.

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Died a famous British physicist Stephen Hawking. This was reported by broadcasting Corporation BBC, citing family Hawking.

World-recognized popularizer of science was 76 years. Since the early 1960s, Hawking suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Later the disease led to paralysis. In 1963, the specialists announced that Stephen Hawking had only a maximum of two and a half years.

Paralyzed scientist used a speech synthesizer installed on the wheelchair.

Hawking tried not to pay attention to the disease and lived an active life. Specialist in “black holes” had to fly in zero gravity on a special plane, and even had intended to fly into space, but it did not take place.

Stephen Hawking is one of the founders of quantum cosmology and the author of the bestseller “a brief history of time”. One of the most important of his achievements is the theory that black holes can “evaporate”, emitting certain particles at the quantum level. This process was called “Hawking radiation”.

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