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President Kovind, Prime Minister Modi and Union Minster Vardhan condole death of noted physicist Stephen Hawking
President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Science & Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan have condoled the passing away of note physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking on March 14.

In his tweeted message, President Kovind said, "Sad to hear of the passing of scientist Stephen Hawking. His brilliant mind made our world and our universe a less mysterious place. And his courage and resilience will remain an inspiration for generations."

"Professor Stephen Hawking was an outstanding scientist and academic. His grit and tenacity inspired people all over the world. His demise is anguishing. Professor Hawking's pioneering work made our world a better place. May his soul rest in peace", the Prime Minister said in his released message.

Science and Technology Minister Vardhan in his message said, "Saddened by the passing away of #StephenHawking, the greatest scientist of the time, known for his work with black hole and relativity. It is a great loss to the world scientific community."

In the scientific world, Stephen William Hawking (1942 - 2018)  - an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist and author -  is known for his singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation.

Professor Hawking authored several popular science books including "A Brief History of Time" which was termed a best seller. He passed away at the age of 76 at his home in Cambridge. Born on January 8, 1942, in Oxford, Hawking was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 1963 at the age of 21 but lived with grit contributing to scientific knowledge.

His two quotes that aptly describe his life are: "Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change" and "The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge."

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