Memphis Reads: World Famous Astrophysicist dies

Stephen Hawking, who could be the world’s most famous scientist, died Wednesday, March 14 at age 76 at his home in Cambridge, England. He was famous for explaining how black holes end and theorizing how the universe began. When his book, A Brief History of Time, was published in 1988, he became a household name. Confined to a wheelchair since the 1960’s because of a motor neuron disease, he was quoted as saying, ” My disabilities have not been a significant handicap in my field, which is theoretical physics. Indeed, they have helped me in a way.”

When asked what stumped him the most about the universe, he replied, “Women. They’re the most confusing creatures of all.”

The scientist leaves behind 3 adult children and 2 ex-wives.