World renowned British scientist Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76. He died peacefully at his home in Cambridge in the early hours of Wednesday morning his family have announced. Hawking was well known for his work with black holes and relativity, he authored many popular science books including A Brief History of Time.
At the age of 22 Prof Hawking was given only a few years to live after being diagnosed with a rare form of motor neurone disease. He made many appearances on TV shows and there was also numerous films and TV shows made about his life.
His children Lucy, Robert and Tim said: "We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. They praised his "courage and persistence" and said his "brilliance and humour" inspired people around the globe. Dad once said 'It would not be much of a universe if it wasn't home to the people you love.' We will miss him forever."