Stephen Hawking died early Wednesday morning at his home in Cambridge, England aged 76.
His contributions to the fields of cosmology and quantum gravity will not be forgotten as he leaves behind an ongoing project - to send a small spacecraft to Earth’s closest star system - Alpha Centauri.
“I don't think the human race will survive the next thousand years, unless we spread into space. There are too many accidents that can befall life on a single planet. But I'm an optimist. We will reach out to the stars.” Hawking, 2001.
Amongst his other works, he was also well know for his best seller ‘A Brief History Of Time’, making his scientific advances accessible to a wider range of people.
Hawking had difficulty reading up until age 8, attaining average grades in school. However in his later teens, he begin to unlock a remarkable intelligence, building his own computer, and demonstrating the ability to grasp complex ideas surrounding space and time.
After falling off ice skates in his grad year at Cambridge University he was diagnosed with Amyotraphic Lateral Sceloris - a form of motor neurone disease that ultimately left him completely paralysed - he was given just 2.5 years to live.
“It is a waste of time to be angry about my disability. One has to get on with life and I haven't done badly. People won't have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.”