The British scientist was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a rare form of motor neurone disease, the doctors said that people with such a diagnosis were unable to live longer than two years after being diagnosed but he lived more than 5 decades of a full and amazing life. The condition left him wheelchair-bound, able to speak only with a voice synthesiser, but his mind was free as he usually said and he traveled across the universe by means of his mind and took his watchers and readers with him, inspiring them to explore the mechanisms of the universe. People understood how small they were in comparison to the immense universe but they also understood how powerful they were because they were able to learn more about it.
He was also an LGBT campaigner. In 2012, Hawking called on the government to pardon gay war hero Alan Turing, who was convicted of ‘gross indecency’ in 1952 after having sex with a man. Turing was chemically castrated, barred from working for GCHQ, and took his own life at 41-years-old. Hawking urged the British PM to forgive Turing, calling him a brilliant mind and a British hero of science.
In a statement, his children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, said: “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. He once said: ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss him forever.”