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Scientist Stephen Hawking Dead at 76

March 14, 2018 - 7:38 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Renowned Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking died at the age of 76.

Famous for his "Brief History of Time" and other scientific publications, as well as his research on black holes, Hawking was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) or Lou Gehrig's disease in 1963 when he was just 21 and was given only a few years to live. He was confined to a wheelchair for most of life. 

"I try to lead as normal a life as possible, and not think about my condition, or regret the things it prevents me from doing, which are not that many," he wrote on his website.

Hawking was named Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University, as well as Commander in the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, and has received more than 10 honorary degrees from various institutions and a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama. 

He is survived by three children and three grandchildren.