Professor Stephen Hawking has passed away. The man was incredible. A genius! Even if you couldn’t relate to Stephen Hawking from the science and academic level, his persistence and his sense of humor was absolutely inspirational. He has many ties to Canada, especially with the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, where he would visit on occasion. He was also on hand to open the Stephen Hawking Centre in 2012. He leaves behind three children and three grandchildren. His children have released a statement: “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humor inspired people across the world.”
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