One of the most famous theoretical physicists, the British scientist Stephen Gong died at the age of 76 years at his home in Cambridge.
“We are deeply saddened that our beloved father died today. He was a great scientist and a great man” – said in a statement the family Hawking, reports Rus.Media.
Professor who suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, was almost completely paralyzed, and had spoken with the speech synthesizer. He studied the origin of the Universe, in particular the theory of the origin of the world and the theory of black holes.
Through his book “a brief history of time” Gong famous throughout the world.
Stephen Gong has 12 honorary degrees, was a British member of the scientific Royal society and the Academy of Sciences of the United States. His scientific achievements were awarded many prizes and awards.
In 2007, physicist whose lifelong dream was to experience the state of weightlessness, flew over the Atlantic on a specially designed plane. In 2009, he planned to go into space, however, the visit did not take place.
Stephen Gong was born on 8 January 1942 in Oxford.
Doctors diagnosed him with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 1963. Then they claimed to live the scientist remained two and a half years.
The disease progressed rapidly, and in this connection the scientist had to sit on a wheelchair. In 1985, a scientist contracted severe pneumonia. After a series of surgeries he performed a tracheotomy, Hawking lost the ability to speak.
The original doctors were not justified: the scientist continued his scientific work, was twice married and became the father of three children.
Despite the paralysis Gong led an active life engaged in science, taught, made presentations, communicating with the world via computer or voice synthesizer, specifically designed for him by Intel.
Gong is one of the founders of quantum cosmology, has been studying the problem of the origin of cosmological singularity – the initial state of the Universe from which he, according to the theory of the Big Bang, is constantly expanding.
The scientist has made many discoveries in the theory of black holes. In particular, he discovered that the small black holes lose energy by emitting “Hawking radiation”, and evaporate.
Gong voiced himself in the popular cartoon series “the Simpsons” and “Futurama” and appeared in episodes of popular series, like “the Big Bang Theory”. About the life of a scientist made several documentary and feature films.
In 2017 Gong in the form of a hologram appeared on the forum YES-2017 in Kiev. Mr. Gong talked about why we should colonize other planets to establish colonies on the moon, and artificial intelligence and its capabilities.
“Look at the stars, not feet, be curious”, noted scientist, also said that it wants Ukrainians more freedom.