Scientists pay tribute to the triumph of Stephen Hawking’s life and work

Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76, and scientists around the world are paying tribute to his legacy — not just as a mathematician and astrophysicist, but as a public educator, an inspiration to millions, and a human being with a sharp sense of humor.

“What a triumph his life has been,” Martin Rees, a cosmologist at Cambridge University and a longtime colleague of Hawking’s, told The New York Times. “His name will live in the annals of science; millions have had their cosmic horizons widened by his best-selling books; and even more, around the world, have been inspired by a unique example of achievement against all the odds — a manifestation of amazing willpower and determination.”

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