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Eminent physicist Stephen Hawking dies at 76
Professor Stephen Hawking, 76, died peacefully at his home in Cambridge in the early hours of Wednesday, informed his family. He was a renowned British physicist and cosmologist.

Hawking was suffering from a rare on-set, slow progressing form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), that gradually paralysed him over the years. He was 21, in 1963 when the diagnosis of the disease came.

His disability confined him to a wheelchair and he could only speak through a voice synthesizer.

He was awarded the CBE (1982), Companion of Honour (1989) and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2009). He was also the recipient of many awards, medals and prizes, most notably the Fundamental Physics prize (2013), Copley Medal (2006) and the Wolf Foundation prize (1988). He was a Fellow member of the Royal Society and a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

Some popular books that Hawking wrote are: A Brief History of Time, Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays, The Universe in a Nutshell, The Grand Design and My Brief History.

Hawking's many publications include, The Large-Scale Structure of Spacetime with G F R Ellis';'General Relativity: An Einstein Centenary Survey, with W Israel; and 300 Years of Gravitation, with W Israel.

He was born in Oxford, London on January 8, 1942. He attended the University College, Oxford and studied physics.

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