British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking died on Tuesday, March 14 at the age of 76, a spokesman for his family has said, according to the BBC.
The decorated cosmologist had worked on theorems in general relativity and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, named Hawking radiation after himself. He’s also a supporter of the idea of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics and has proposed a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. His book “A Brief History of Time” had been a longtime best seller.
Despite his brainier pursuits, Hawking had maintained a pop culture presence in part because of his willingness to appear in mainstream TV shows, often poking fun at himself. He’s appeared on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “The Simpsons,” “Futurama,” and “The Big Bang Theory.” Check out highlights from some of his guest appearances below:
On the big screen, his life was dramatized by actor Eddie Redmayne, who won an Oscar for the portrayal in “The Theory of Everything.” Part of …read more