Legendary physicist Stephen Hawking dead at 76: Here’s how the world is reacting

Stephen Hawking has passed away, his family informed the media today. He was 76. From Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, condolence messages are pouring in from across the globe. Here's what the world is saying.

Stephen hawking dead Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has passed away, his family informed the media on Wednesday. He was 76. (Reuters/File Photo)

Stephen Hawking has passed away, his family informed the media on Wednesday. He was 76. Hawking, known for this work with black holes and relativity, was regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Einstein. From Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, condolence messages are pouring in from across the globe, as the world remembers Hawking.

In a statement today, his children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, had 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.” See Stephen Hawking’s life in pictures

Praising his “courage and persistence”, his children said his “brilliance and humour” inspired people across the world. “He 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,” they added.

Here is how the world is reacting

  1. 3:17PM
    14 Mar, 18
    Bihar CM expresses grief over death of Stephen Hawking

    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today expressed grief over the death of renowned British scientist Stephen Hawking. In his condolence message, Kumar described Hawking as a "world renowned scientist who made valuable contributions in helping the people understand cosmology and concepts like the Black Hole". "May his soul rest in peace", the Chief Minister, who is an engineering graduate, said for the legendary phsycist.

  2. 12:19PM
    14 Mar, 18

    A host of Indian leaders have offered their condolences. While Union Minsiters Nirmala Sitharaman said Hawking made reading and understanding science simple, Piyush Goyal says his extensive research and work related to space and time will be a guiding book for budding scientists across the world.

  3. 11:27AM
    14 Mar, 18
    Larry King tweets about the time he interviewed Stephen Hawking
  4. 11:08AM
    14 Mar, 18
    Nadella remembers Hawking: 'May his legacy and brilliance live on'

    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella remembers Hawking. In a statement, he says, "We lost a great one today. Stephen Hawking will be remembered for his incredible contributions to science – making complex theories and concepts more accessible to the masses. He’ll also be remembered for his spirit and unbounded pursuit to gain a complete understanding of the universe, despite the obstacles he faced. May he rest peacefully as his legacy and brilliance live on."

  5. 11:01AM
    14 Mar, 18

    We've compiled a list of six top videos you HAVE TO watch of Professor Hawking, one of the most famous cosmologists and theoretical physicists of our time. This includes his famous TED Talk and his appearance on John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight show. Click here to watch the videos!

  6. 10:52AM
    14 Mar, 18

    Hawking, who has made a cameo on American sitcom The Big Bang Theory, a show on geeky physicists, is remembered by the cast and crew. 

  7. 10:49AM
    14 Mar, 18
  8. 10:41AM
    14 Mar, 18
    Hawking's grit, tenacity inspired people globally: PM Modi

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expresses anguish at the news of Hawking's death, and says his grit and tenacity inspired people across the world. Taking to Twitter, Modi said, "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."

    Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu says, "Passing away of renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, who unraveled mysteries of universe to the public, is a huge loss to the scientific world."

  9. 10:30AM
    14 Mar, 18

    Google CEO Sundar Pichai says, "The world has lost a beautiful mind and a brilliant scientist. RIP Stephen Hawking." 

  10. 10:29AM
    14 Mar, 18
    'His passing has left an intellectual vacuum'

    American astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson tweets, "His passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake. But it's not empty. Think of it as a kind of vacuum energy permeating the fabric of spacetime that defies measure."

  11. 10:19AM
    14 Mar, 18
    Who is Stephen Hawking?

    Hawking was a British physicist who studied a range of subjects, including the origins of the universe, black holes and relativity. His international bestseller A Brief History of Time (1998) helped him gain international fame. He was confined to a wheelchair for most of his life, after contracting a neurone disease at the age of 21. In his memoir, My Brief History, Hawking wrote: 'I felt it was very unfair - why should this happen to me. At the time, I thought my life was over and that I would never realise the potential I felt I had. But now, 50 years later, I can be quietly satisfied with my life.'

    In the image below, Hawkings is seen with his wife Elaine (Reuters Photo/File)

  12. 10:05AM
    14 Mar, 18
    His brilliant mind made our universe a less mysterious place: Kovind

    The President of India expressed gried at the news of Hawking's death. Taking to Twitter, President Ram Nath Kovind said, "His brilliant mind made our world and our universe a less mysterious place. And his courage and resilience will remain an inspiration for generations."

  13. 10:03AM
    14 Mar, 18

    British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking passed away at his residence in Cambridge on Wednesday at the age of 76. In a statement to the UK Press Association, his children said, "He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world." Here is how the world is reacting to the news.