Neil deGrasse Tyson And Others Honor Stephen Hawking In The Wake Of His Passing

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At the age of 76, English theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking passed away today after a lifetime contributing to science.

Though Hawking spent almost half a century living with early onset amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the physicist led a remarkable life, contributing discoveries like the Hawking radiation, the Bekenstein-Hawking entropy equation, and the argument that black holes take away all of its information when it radiates away its mass.

The physicist also wrote revolutionary books on science like A Brief History In Time, Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays, and The Universe in a Nutshell.

Now in the wake of his passing, many come to pay their respects, including US astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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Taking to Twitter, Tyson shared a photo of himself with the Hawking while mourning the hole he left in the scientific community.

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British astronaut Tim Peake also took to the social media platform, talking about how the physicist "inspired generations to look beyond our own blue planet and expand our understanding of the Universe."

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NASA also sent out a tweet to honor Hawking, remembering the professor as a "renowned physicist and ambassador of science."

"His theories unlocked a universe of possibilities that we and the world are exploring. May you keep flying like superman in microgravity, as you said to astronauts on Space-Station in 2014," NASA wrote on its post.

Fantastic Beasts star Eddie Redmayne who also played Hawking in the 2014 biopic The Theory of Everything also decided to honor the scientist, giving a statement (via Indie Wire) mourning how "we have lost a truly beautiful mind, an astonishing scientist and the funniest man I have ever had the pleasure to meet."

The scientific community will never be the same without Hawking, but we're certain that the physicist has inspired many to take the path of science to elevate humanity's understanding of the universe.

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