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Famous theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking dies.

Tributes pour in for the famous physicist Stephen Hawking, who died early Wednesday. He was 76 years old.

In a tweet, NASA praised Hawking’s major contribution to science. “His theories unlocked a universe of possibilities that we the world are exploring. You can continue to fly like superman in microgravity, like you said, astronauts on @Space_Station in 2014,” wrote. A video accompanying the tweet showed Hawking is speaking astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Koichi Wakata aboard the International Space Station in 2014.

The refrain from Stephen Hawking, a renowned physicist and ambassador of science. His theories unlocked a universe of possibilities that we the world are exploring. You can continue to fly like superman in microgravity, like you said, astronauts on @Space_Station in 2014 pic.twitter.com/FeR4fd2zZ5

— NASA (@NASA) March 14, 2018

Famous for his work on cosmology, black holes, and the fundamental laws of the universe, Hawking is one of the most recognizable faces in science. His 1991 work, “A Brief History of Time” became a worldwide bestseller.

STEPHEN HAWKING, THE FAMOUS PHYSICIST, DEATH OF 76

Hawking, who owed part of its fame to its triumph over amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or als is a degenerative disease that eats away at the nervous system. When he was diagnosed at the age of 21, he only got a few years to live.

Also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease after the New York Yankee star who died, AS usually kills within three to five years.

Als is known as Motor Neuron Disease in the united kingdom, The Motor Neurone Disease Association praised Hawking’s major contribution to the awareness of the disease Wednesday. “Our thoughts are with Professor Hawking’s family,” wrote. “In his inspiring life, Professor Hawking played an important role in raising the awareness of the motor neuron disease all over the world.”

The @mndassoc is sad to learn of the death of Professor Stephen Hawking, the Patron saint since 2008.

Our thoughts are with Professor Hawking’s family. In his inspiring life, Professor Hawking played an important role in raising the awareness of the motor neuron disease all over the world.

— MND Association (@mndassoc) March 14, 2018

The organization saw a similar increase in donations following Hawking’s death, that her website crashed Wednesday.

Due to the overwhelming demand, our website is not yet available. If you try to donate in the memory of Professor Stephen Hawking you may do so using @JustGiving at > https://t.co/hqQe9EK3cZ ….

I thank you all for your support.

— MND Association (@mndassoc) March 14, 2018

As one of Isaac Newton’s successors as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, Hawking was involved in the search for the great goal of physics — a “unified theory.”

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A 2014 biopic “The Theory of Everything,” is depicted, the engagement, the marriage and the eventual separation of Hawking and his first wife, Jane. Directed by James Marsh, the film starred British actor Eddie Redmayne, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of the famous physicist.

Redmayne paid tribute to Hawking Wednesday. “We have lost a truly beautiful mind, an amazing scientist, and the funniest man I have ever had the pleasure to meet,” he said in a statement obtained by Mashable.

A LOOK BACK AT THE LIFE OF RENOWNED PHYSICIST STEPHEN HAWKING

In a tweet, British Prime Minister Theresa May described Hawing as a source of inspiration for others. “Professor Stephen Hawking was a brilliant and extraordinary mind – one of the great scientists of his generation. His courage, humor and determination to make the most out of life was a source of inspiration. His legacy will not be forgotten,” she writes.

Professor Stephen Hawking was a brilliant and extraordinary mind – one of the great scientists of his generation. His courage, humor and determination to make the most out of life was a source of inspiration. His legacy will not be forgotten.

— Theresa May (@theresa_may) March 14, 2018

Hawking was inducted into the Royal Society in 1974 and received the Albert Einstein Award in 1978. In 1989, Queen Elizabeth II made him a Companion of Honor, one of the highest honors that they can give. Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009, he was also a member of the U.S. National Academy of Science.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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