(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 26, 2007 and released by Zero G, British cosmologist Stephen Hawking experiences zero gravity during a flight over the Atlantic Ocean. "It was amazing ... I could have gone on and on," Hawking, 65, said after riding for two hours on a modified jet that flew a rollercoaster trajectory to create the impression of microgravity.  
 Renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking has died at age 76, a family spokesman said Wednesday, March 14, 2018. We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today," professor Hawking's children, Lucy, Robert, and Tim said in a statement carried by Britain's Press Association news agency. "He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years."

Stephen Hawking, who has died aged 76, was one of the most brilliant scientists of his age and exemplified the ability to rise above severe physical disability

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Coxing in 1961 in Oxford, where he was born

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Graduation day at Oxford in 1962. A year later Hawking was diagnosed with motor neurone disease

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Hawking in Princeton, New Jersey, in 1979

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The wedding of Stephen and Elaine Hawking in 1995

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A guest appearance in The Simpsons episode ‘They Saved Lisa’s Brain’, which aired in 1999

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Stephen and Elaine Hawking at San Lorenzo beach in the northern Spanish city of Gijón in April 2005

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The British cosmologist experiences zero gravity during a flight over the Atlantic. ‘It was amazing . . . I could have gone on and on,’ he said

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Pope Benedict blesses Hawking during a meeting of science academics at the Vatican in 2008

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With Nelson Mandela, the former South African president, in Johannesburg in 2008

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Lucy Hawking and her father during the 50 Years of Nasa lecture series at George Washington University

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Awarded the Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama in the East Room of the White House in 2009

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Eddie Redmayne, who played the physicist in the 2014 film ‘The Theory Of Everything’

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At the New Space Exploration Initiative’s ‘Breakthrough Starshot’ announcement at One World Observatory in New York in 2016

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