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Famous theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking dies.

Stephen Hawking, the famous theoretical physicist who defied the diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis to live virtually his entire adult life with the disease in a wheelchair, paralyzed, but that constant contributions to a world that few could understand – died, at the age of 76, a family spokesman said.

Technical managers, ranging from Apple CEO Tim Cook to Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai weighed in on Hawking’s death, remembering his contributions to science and humanity.

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.” -Stephen Hawking,” Cook wrote. “We will always be inspired by his life and ideas. RIP.”

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.” -Stephen Hawking. We will always be inspired by his life and ideas. RIP.

— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) March 14, 2018

STEPHEN HAWKING, THE FAMOUS PHYSICIST, DEATH OF 76

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella highlighted Hawking’s contributions to science.

“We lost a great today. Stephen Hawking will be remembered for his incredible contributions to the science of making complex theories and concepts more accessible for the masses,” Nadella wrote. “He will also be remembered for his spirit and unlimited strive to obtain a complete understanding of the universe, despite the obstacles he faced. May he rest in peace as his legacy and shine in life.”

We lost a great today. Stephen Hawking will be remembered for his incredible contributions to the science of making complex theories and concepts more accessible for the masses. He will also be remembered for his spirit and limitless commitment to the achievement of a complet…https://t.co/z1du859Gy2

— Satya Nadella (@satyanadella) March 14, 2018

Pichai wrote: “The world has lost a beautiful mind and a brilliant scientist. RIP Stephen Hawking.”

The world has lost a beautiful mind and a brilliant scientist. RIP Stephen Hawking

— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) March 14, 2018

Vala Ashfar, the chief digital evangelist at cloud computing company Salesforce.com remembered Hawking in this way:

“When we see the earth from space, the message is clear: one planet, one human race. —Stephen Hawking”

When we see the earth from space, the message is clear: one planet, one human race. —Stephen Hawking pic.twitter.com/QGjeUrBsqa

— Vala Afshar (@ValaAfshar) March 14, 2018

With the help of a mathematical basis, Hawking said he was almost certain that alien life existed in other parts of the universe. “The figures are already thinking about aliens perfectly rational,” he said. “The real challenge is to work out what aliens might actually be.”

He regarded the body as a piece of technology, allowing a somewhat controversial ruling on the question whether there is a life after death. “I see the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail,” Hawking said. “There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”

STEPHEN HAWKING SAYS THAT HE KNOWS WHAT HAPPENED BEFORE THE DAWN OF TIME

Although Hawking may be physically handicapped, he managed to write books, including the bestseller “A brief History of Time,” teaches the physics and the mathematics, the delivering of speeches and even float without gravity, while he is in the field of cosmology and quantum gravity.

In earlier interviews, Hawking was frank about his physical limitations. “I’m sure my disability has a influence on why I’m well known,” he said in an interview with the BBC. “People are fascinated by the contrast between my very limited physical powers, and the vast nature of the universe I deal with.

“I’m the archetype of a disabled genius, or should I say a physically challenged genius, to be politically correct. In any case, I am, of course, physically challenged. Or I’m a genius is more open to doubt.”

QUOTES OF STEPHEN HAWKING

He was married and twice divorced. His first wife, Jane Wilde, was a fellow-student at Cambridge, whom he married 28 years. He married his nurse, Elaine Mason, whom he was with for 11 years before they separated.

He is survived by his three children from his first marriage, Robert, Timothy and Lucy.

Fox News contributed to this report. Follow Chris Ciaccia on Twitter @Chris_Ciaccia

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