Stephen Hawking, legendary theoretical physicist, dies at 76

Enlarge / Professor Stephen Hawking addressing The Cambridge Union on November 21, 2017 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. (credit: Photo by Chris Williamson/Getty Images)

Stephen Hawking, the British physicist and author of A Brief History of Time, has passed away at the age of 76.

"He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years," according to a statement released to British media early Wednesday morning.

"His courage and persistence with...

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