Top Israeli professor reflects on meeting 'great human being' Stephen Hawking

Sudarshan Pattnaik pays sand art tribute to Hawking

Stephen Hawking was born into a universe that had no start and no end. He went on to live an eventful life till 76, authoring a best-seller A Brief History of Time that sold more than 10 million copies, inspiring a biopic, The Theory of Everything, that was nominated for several Oscars, appearing on several TV shows, and celebrating his 60th birthday by going up in a hot-air balloon.

Needless to say, this has not gone down well, given that Neymar has just got a wee bit of a sore foot and Dr Hawking suffered from Motor Neurone Disease for the best part of 55 years.

The world-famous physicist and cosmologist was the subject of the 2014 film "The Theory Of Everything", which starred Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones.

The vice chancellor of the University of Cambridge - where Prof Hawking had studied and worked - Professor Stephen Toope, said he was a "unique individual" who would be remembered with "warmth and affection".

At a time like this, and I don't care who it is, and I am sure they care less who you are, but mocking the deceased and his family reveals the smallness of your character. "By the time I finished reading the book, I had a sense of determination and a quest to march rest of the life for".

Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, said: "We have lost a colossal mind and a wonderful spirit".

"I'm hoping copies of the invitation, in one form or another, will survive for many thousands of years."

Stephen Hawking was a singular individual, revered both by his fellow scientists and by the public. His theories unlocked a universe of possibilities that we & the world are exploring.

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"The entropy of a black hole is called Bekenstein-Hawking entropy, which I think is fine".

His work ranged from the origins of the universe itself, through the tantalising prospect of time travel to the mysteries of space's all-consuming black holes.

"He certainly had a way of picking his moments", said Adam Ritz, chairman of the department of physics and astronomy at the University of Victoria.

"I have managed, however, only because of the large amount of help I have received from my wife, children, colleagues and students", he said.

This Morning viewers weren't impressed with the show's tribute to the late Stephen Hawking today.

"When asked whether God had a place in his work, Hawking once said: "?In a way, if we understand the universe, we are in the position of God". They had three children together: Lucy, Timothy and Robert.

"Hawking has been one of the most influential figures in theoretical physics during the last 50 years", said eminent Indian physicist Ashoke Sen at the Harish Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad. "So I have been able to devote myself completely to research", he wrote.

NASA issued its own Twitter eulogy, publishing a video of the scientist grinning as he soared into weightlessness on a zero gravity flight at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, escaping his wheelchair for a brief period.

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