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Cambridge scientist Professor Stephen Hawking dies at the age of 76

Renowned British physicist Professor Stephen Hawking, said to be one of of the world's finest scientific minds, has died at the age of 76

Professor Stephen Hawking

He died peacefully at his home in Cambridge. His family released a statement:

"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. His courage and persistence with 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."

– Stephen Hawking's children Lucy, Robert and Tim

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson was one of the first to pay tribute to Professor Stephen Hawking.

"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. Stephen Hawking, RIP 1942-2018."

– Neil deGrasse Tyson

Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood said Professor Hawking was an inspiration to us all

"RIP Sir, You epitomised true courage over adversity as you explained the wonders of the universe to the world. Your achievements symbolise the power of the human mind. An inspiration to us all, whatever our station in life, to reach for the stars-from where you now shine down on us."

– Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood

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