"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. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world. 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."
In the 60s, Stephen Hawking fell victim to a motor neuron disease that put him in a wheelchair. This never held him back and, as he wrote in a 1984 essay, "My disabilities have not been a significant handicap in my field,