Stephen Hawking: January 8, 1942 - March 14, 2018

MANILA -- World-renowned physicist and best-selling author Stephen Hawking passed away at his home in Cambridge on Wednesday morning (March 14, 2018). He was 76.

Born on January 8, 1942, Hawking became known for his scientific works on relativity and black holes. He made a theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation and fade into nothing, which is often called the "Hawking radiation".

Hawking was diagnosed with a rare form of motor neuron disease in 1963 and was only given two years to live. However, he lived to establish himself as one of the best modern scientists since Albert Einstein.

Hawking used a speech synthesizer to talk after losing his voice due to a tracheotomy after contracting pneumonia.

Hawking was an honorary fellow at the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA) and a member of the US National Academy of Science.

His books include A Brief History of Time, The Universe in a Nutshell, Black Holes and Baby Universes, and On the Shoulders of Giants.

Hawking had his life even featured in films and television, such as the "Theory of Everything and Hawking". (PNA)