From Ars Technica
Stephen Hawking, the British physicist and author of A Brief History of Time, has passed away at the age of 76.
“He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years,” according to a statement released by his family to British media early Wednesday morning.
“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 for ever.”
The Hawking family also noted that Stephen died peacefully at his home in Cambridge, England.
Tributes to Hawking have already begun pouring in from around the globe.
Neil deGrasse Tyson, the Director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, wrote on Twitter:
His passing has left an…