Tributes have been paid to Professor Stephen Hawking, one of the world’s finest scientific minds, who died today aged 76.
US space agency Nasa acknowledged his influence on the world of physics saying his “theories unlocked a universe of possibilities” and describing his an an “ambassador of science”.
Remembering Stephen Hawking, a renowned physicist and ambassador of science. His theories unlocked a universe of possibilities that we & the world are exploring. May you keep flying like superman in microgravity, as you said to astronauts on @Space_Station in 2014 pic.twitter.com/FeR4fd2zZ5
— NASA (@NASA) March 14, 2018
Professor Brian Cox celebrated Professor Hawking’s “remarkable life”, adding: “His contributions to science will be used as long as there are scientists, and there are many more scientists because of him. He spoke about the value and fragility of human life and civilisation and greatly enhanced both.”
UK Defence Minister, Tobias Ellwood, said Professor Hawking was “an inspiration to us all, whatever our station in life, to reach for the stars” while London’s Science Museum described him as “a passionate advocate for science, a friend of the museum and inspired millions to wonder.”
Stephen Hawking was a passionate advocate for science, a friend of the museum & inspired millions to wonder.
‘Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist’
Photo with Peter Higgs pic.twitter.com/vGIR5jJx67
— Science Museum (@sciencemuseum) March 14, 2018
Tony Blair’s former spin doctor and editor-at-large for the New European Alastair Campbell praised Hawking’s “passionate defence of the NHS”.
Stephen Hawking was born on the 300th death anniversary of Galileo Galilei, and died on the 139th birth anniversary of Albert Einstein.
Gravity is indeed deterministic.
— Dr. Karan Jani (@AstroKPJ) March 14, 2018
Lawrence M. Krauss lamented a “star just went out in the cosmos” and fellow astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson Tweeted: “his passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake”.
From the celebrity world, chat show host Jonathan Ross lamented that humankind was significantly down on intelligence points following the scientist’s death while Home Alone star Macaulay Culkin said not only was he a “genius”, but also his favourite Simpsons character.
Stylist and presenter Gok Wan Tweeted the scientist’s death left “the universe is very much less complete”.