Astrophysicist Stephen Hawking defied a disabling disease to become one of the great physicists of our time, a cultural icon - instantly recognizable by his wheelchair and his computer-generated voice. Remembering a star of the science world.
A recording of Stephen Hawking's voice will be sent towards a black hole as he is laid to rest. His daughter said it was "a message of peace and hope, about unity and the need for us to live together in harmony."
Bruce Allen is the director of the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Hanover. His Ph.D. supervisor was Stephen Hawking, who became a good friend. DW interviewed Allen as Hawking turned 75 last year.
British physicist Stephen Hawking has died peacefully in his sleep at the age of 76, according to a family spokesperson. Known around the globe, he worked to make complicated scientific fields accessible to the public.
Possibly the most famous physicist since Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking turns 75. Bound to a wheelchair by an incurable motor neurone disease, he is regarded by many as the greatest genius of our day.
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