Stephen Hawking (1942-2018) died peacefully in his home today on March 14, 2018. He was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge.
In 1963, Hawking was diagnosed with a rare early-onset slow-progressing form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as motor neurone disease or Lou Gehrig's disease, that gradually paralyzed him over the decades and was given 2 years to live. Even after the loss of his speech, he was still able to communicate through a speech-generating device, initially through use of a hand-held switch, and eventually by using a single cheek muscle.
Through the use of Assistive Technology, Hawking was able to continue his work and make amazing contributions to the scientific community. He was a guiding light for young minds and a strong inspiration for others with disabilities.
He will be missed.