Renowned scientist, philosopher, and author Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76. Mr. Hawking was a brilliant thinker, someone whose accomplishments put him with the pantheon of great intellects, including Leonardo Da Vinci, Sir Isaac Newton, and Albert Einstein.
At the age of 21, he was diagnosed with the disease ALS and not expected to live for more than a few years at most. His longevity, despite facing a terrible illness, demonstrates his tenacity. He forged new ideas in science and wrote about those ideas in works that brought such thinking to nonscientists, including, but not limited to, A Brief History of Time and The Universe In A Nutshell.
He remained optimistic about the future of humanity, especially if we can successfully make our way into space.
The human race was fortunate to have had such a mind. They are indeed rare.
Rest In Peace, Stephen Hawking. (1942-2018)