Professor Stephen Hawking Said He Did Not Fear Death
Professor Stephen Hawking, who passed away today aged 76, said he did not fear death.
Hawking was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 1963 when he was just 21. At the time doctors told he had about two years to live. However, he defied doctors living for over 50 and becoming one of the world's greatest minds.
In an interview with the Guardian in 2011, Hawking opened about how living with MND had made him think about death.
He said: "I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I'm not afraid of death, but I'm in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first."
Hawking also spoke about his opinions on the afterlife - or lack of.
"I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail," he said. "There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark."
Hawking was also quoted as saying: "I believe the simplest explanation is, there is no God. No one created the universe and no one directs our fate. This leads me to a profound realisation that there probably is no heaven and no afterlife either. We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe and for that, I am extremely grateful."
Tributes have poured in for Hawking, with NASA crediting him saying his 'theories unlocked a universe of possibilities'.
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Remembering Stephen Hawking, a renowned physicist and ambassador of science. His theories unlocked a universe of possibilities that we & the world are exploring. May you keep flying like superman in microgravity, as you said to astronauts on @Space_Station in 2014 pic.twitter.com/FeR4fd2zZ5
- NASA (@NASA) March 14, 2018
Sad to hear about Stephen Hawking. What a remarkable life. His contributions to science will be used as long as there are scientists, and there are many more scientists because of him. He spoke about the value and fragility of human life and civilisation and greatly enhanced both
- Brian Cox (@ProfBrianCox) March 14, 2018
In loving memory of Stephen Hawking. It was an honor to have him on The #BigBangTheory. Thank you for inspiring us and the world. pic.twitter.com/9rWoYqIToy
- The Big Bang Theory (@bigbangtheory) March 14, 2018
His passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake. But it's not empty. Think of it as a kind of vacuum energy permeating the fabric of spacetime that defies measure. Stephen Hawking, RIP 1942-2018. pic.twitter.com/nAanMySqkt
- Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) March 14, 2018
Despite, being reliant on a wheelchair, the scientist refused to be held back by his illness. Opening up about receiving his diagnosis, he said: "Although there was a cloud hanging over my future, I found, to my surprise, that I was enjoying life in the present more than before. I began to make progress with my research."
Adding: "My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all."
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