Stephen Hawking, perhaps the most famous scientist since Albert Einstein, passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 76, a sad day for anyone who appreciates science (or the technologies science has given us, which is to say all technology).
"He had a big influence on me, especially when I was in middle school", Baker said.
Hawking was diagnosed with ALS at the age of 21. Whereas most people succumb to the awful disease within five to 10 years, Hawking managed to live with it for over 50 years, accomplishing some of his most important work while confined to a wheelchair, unable even to speak without the aid of a computer.
Even though he was expected to live for only two more years, his disease progressed more slowly than usual, enabling him to live for more than half a century.
"My goal is simple". Smaller black holes - those with the mass of an asteroid - likely would produce more Hawking radiation than larger ones, Loeb said.
His work ranged from the origins of the universe itself, through the tantalising prospect of time travel to the mysteries of space's all-consuming black holes.
Sally Light, chief executive of the MND Association, said: "All of us at the MND Association have been extremely saddened by the news of Professor Hawking's passing". It sold 10 million copies and was translated into 40 different languages.
In India, President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Science Minister Harsh Vardhan condoled the demise of Hawking.
In response to the website being unavailable, the charity set up a JustGiving page to allow people to continue to donate to the charity in memory of Hawking.
"Along with groundbreaking and inspiring work came another attribute that made Stephen a hero not just to younger generations, but also to his peers", Lightfoot said. "It was a shock to me but he outlived (it) and the medical prognosis was wrong", Narlikar said, adding that the condition of the iconic British physicist worsened over the years.
After the tragedy of losing one of the greatest minds in the world, people began sharing snippets of the biography, which was written in 2013 by Kitty Hawking. The physicist also celebrated his 59th birthday at the Oberoi Towers hotel where he stayed.