Renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking died on Tuesday at the age of 76. Hawking is regarded as one of the most prominent and popular scientists after Albert Einstein. Coincidentally, Hawking’s death fell on Albert Einstein’s birthday.
Hawking made so many remarkable achievements despite suffering from a degenerative disease. His best-selling book A Brief History in Time made mind-warping subjects such as black holes and the expanding universe more digestible for the masses.
Several prominent black scientists and beloved “blerds”—like Barack Obama—paid homage to the legendary Hawking on social media:
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
— BlackPhysicists (@BlackPhysicists) March 14, 2018
“However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. Where there’s life, there’s hope.” -Stephen Hawking
As a physicist and a human, you are an inspiration. May your energy fill a black hole and your insight be a source of light. RIP pic.twitter.com/iOPvV7ONrX
— Dr. Hadiyah Green (@drhadiyahgreen) March 14, 2018
Have fun out there among the stars. pic.twitter.com/S285MTwGtp
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 14, 2018
And Nichelle Nichols, famous for her role on the original Star Trek, re-tweeted:
Goodbye, Stephen Hawking 😔 pic.twitter.com/PWcRlAPLyN
— pictoline (@pictoline) March 14, 2018