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Stephen Hawking passes away at 76

The physicist and author of A Brief History of Time has died at his home in Cambridge

Renowned British scientist Stephen Hawking, whose insights shaped modern cosmology, has died at the age of 76.  

Hawking was known for his work with black holes and relativity; he wrote several popular science books, including A Brief History of Time.

At the age of 22 Stephen Hawking was given only a few years to live after being diagnosed with a rare form of motor neurone disease. The illness left him in a wheelchair and unable to speak.