“We have lost a colossal mind and a wonderful spirit. Rest in peace, Stephen Hawking”- Scientific community

Last Updated: Mar 14 2018 18:02

Stephen Hawking, a great scientist died on Wednesday at the age of 76.

People from his scientific community remembered him.

Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web said: “We have lost a colossal mind and a wonderful spirit. Rest in peace, Stephen Hawking.” 

Professor Stephen Toope, vice-chancellor of the University of Cambridge said: “Professor Hawking was a unique individual who will be remembered with warmth and affection not only in Cambridge but all over the world. His exceptional contributions to scientific knowledge and the popularisation of science and mathematics have left an indelible legacy. His character was an inspiration to millions. He will be much missed.”

Professor Lord Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, Fellow of Trinity College, and Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics at the University of Cambridge said: “Soon after I enrolled as a graduate student at Cambridge University in 1964, I encountered a fellow student, two years ahead of me in his studies; he was unsteady on his feet and spoke with great difficulty. This was Stephen Hawking. He had recently been diagnosed with a degenerative disease, and it was thought that he might not survive long enough even to finish his PhD. But, amazingly, he lived on to the age of 76."

“Even mere survival would have been a medical marvel, but of course he didn’t just survive. He became one of the most famous scientists in the world -- acclaimed as a world-leading researcher in mathematical physics, for his best-selling books about space, time and the cosmos, and for his astonishing triumph over adversity.”

“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,” said NASA.