Stephen Hawking’s passing has left a huge hole in the scientific community.
Hawking who passed away on March 14, aged 76, was a rare scientist who transcended the scientific community to become a loved pop cultural figure appearing in everything from Star Trek to The Simpsons.
The world paid tribute today to Hawking. Celebrities and public figures took to Twitter to pay respect to Hawking and send their condolences to his family.
NASA and astronauts remember one of the best
- NASA thanks Hawking for his contributions to unlocking knowledge about our universe and beyond.
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
- Astronaut Tim Peake tweeted his condolences to Stephen Hawking's family and remembered Hawking's influence on bringing science to the masses.
He inspired generations to look beyond our own blue planet and expand our understanding of the universe. His personality and genius will be sorely missed. My thoughts are with his family.— Tim Peake (@astro_timpeake) March 14, 2018
BBC News - Stephen Hawking dies aged 76 https://t.co/YOuoA6rfzP
- Canadian Astronaut took to Twitter to remind us how rare a genius Hawking was.
Genius is so fine and rare. Goodbye Professor Hawking. You inspired and taught us all. pic.twitter.com/9Drdnv2eEe— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) March 14, 2018
Hawking's grit inspired many
- Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, reminded us about Hawking's tenacity despite his debilitating motor neurone disease, tweeting one of Hawking's most inspiring remarks.
“It matters if you just don’t give up.” Remembering Stephen Hawking.— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) March 14, 2018
Hawking's sense of humor remembered by all
- Late night TV host Larry King remembered Hawking's razor sharp wit and humor.
I once asked Stephen Hawking in an interview what puzzles him the most in all the universe. "Women," he answered. He will be missed. R.I.P.— Larry King (@kingsthings) March 14, 2018
- Documentary maker Errol Morris who made the documentary 'A Brief History of Time' based on Hawking's famous book of the same title Tweeted his memories of Hawking's generous spirit and his gratitude for having been able to work with him.
It had to happen, eventually. We were lucky to have him for so long, and I was lucky to be able to work with him. A truly fabulous human being. Stephen Hawking. Funny, perverse, and, of course, brilliant.— errolmorris (@errolmorris) March 14, 2018
- British Comedian David Williams Tweeted a photo of himself and Hawking thanking the scientist for being 'a great laugh'.
- Writer and Producer of the Simpsons, AI Jean posted that Hawking had 'a sense of humor as vast as the universe'.
Actors and pop stars pay respects
- Eddie Redmayne, the actor who played Stephen Hawking in the 2014 film 'The Theory of Everything', and won the academy award for the role, has paid tribute to Hawking calling him "the funniest man" he ever met.
Actor Eddie Redmayne has paid tribute to Stephen Hawking. Eddie played the professor in the 2014 film, The Theory of Everything. pic.twitter.com/bMSAiSDxd4— BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) March 14, 2018
- Actor Macaulay Culkin sent a tweet saying Hawking was his favorite character on the Simpsons - as well as a genius.
I just heard about Stephen Hawking's passing. He was both a genius and my favorite Simpsons character. We'll miss you, buddy.— Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) March 14, 2018
- Mayim Bialik who is the star of the show 'Big Bang Theory' as well as being a neuroscientist, tweeted that Hawking was now "free from the physical constraints of this earthly condition we all exist in."
As we near Pi day (3.14) I join the global community in mourning the loss of the greatest physicist of our era. #StephenHawking is free from the physical constraints of this earthly condition we all exist in and he is soaring above us now marveling at it all. pic.twitter.com/o3V0TZrppj— Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) March 14, 2018
The passing of a giant on March 14, a day celebrating science
- U.S. singer, Katy Perry, noticed the connection between Hawking's passing and Pi Day.
there’s a big black hole in my heart hours before Pi day. Rest In Peace @Steven_Hawking... See you in the next ❤️— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) March 14, 2018
- One Twitter user pointed out some other spooky facts about Hawking's life.
Stephen Hawking was born on the same day that Galileo died, and died on the same day Albert Einstein was born.— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) March 14, 2018
These guys are taking a piss of us.
Oxford and Newcastle University express their gratitude and pride
- Oxford University, where Hawking studied, thanked the scientist for reminding us there is something that we can all be curious about. The institution expressed their sorrow for Hawking's family.
We’re very proud to call Stephen Hawking an alumnus of Oxford, and enormously saddened by his passing. Our thoughts are with his family. He reminded us all to “be curious”, for there is “always something you can do and succeed at”. pic.twitter.com/DUSRbeao3U— Oxford University (@UniofOxford) March 14, 2018
- Newcastle University who awarded Hawking an honorary Doctor of Sciences degree in 1987, thanked the great man for his inspiring work.
RIP Stephen Hawking - a renowned physicist who inspired the world while exploring the theoretical unknown, including many of our own staff and students when he received his honorary Doctor of Sciences degree in 1987 pic.twitter.com/iMahQWPnNN— Newcastle University (@StudentsNCL) March 14, 2018
Steve Jones Remembers the Fun Side (and an unknown talent) of Hawking
- Welsh TV Presenter, Steve Jones showed another side of Hawking tweeting about the time he partied hard with Hawking.
Stephen Hawking might have been the greatest mind of his generation....but my god he knew how to have fun. He was magnificent! P.s...and he drunk us under the table. pic.twitter.com/V4IsM9XYnP— Steve Jones (@SteveJones) March 14, 2018
Neil deGrasse says goodbye to a friend
- Celebrity scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson tweeted a photo of himself and Hawking saying the scientists passing has left an intellectual vacuum.
His passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake. But it's not empty. Think of it as a kind of vacuum energy permeating the fabric of spacetime that defies measure. Stephen Hawking, RIP 1942-2018. pic.twitter.com/nAanMySqkt— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) March 14, 2018