ON 14 March, world-famous scientist Stephen Hawking, aged 76, passed away in his sleep at home in Cambridge (劍橋), the UK. His three children, Robert, Lucy and Timothy, announced the news around noon on the same day. The
Hawking children said their father was “a great scientist” and “an extraordinary man”.
Hawking was a physicist who was concerned about cosmology. His most famous book, A Brief History of Time, focuses on the nature of time and black holes. Hawking was diagnosed with a motor neurone disease, ALS (漸凍人症), when he was 21. The doctors thought he had only a few years to live, but he lived 55 more years. He visited China a few times and came to Hong Kong once in 2006.
(This article is published on Goodies on 26 March 2018)