- United Kingdom
A man who needs no introduction, Professor Stephen Hawking, father of the Big Bang Theory and world renowned scientist has died aged 76.
His children issued a statement saying,
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.'
I am genuinely shocked by this news. Although it's amazing given his condition how long and reasonably full a life he has lead he is one of those figures you just expect to be forever present in the world. It is a shame he never got to see man land on Mars or the Moon again but he certainly saw many great discoveries in science and about space in his time.