Stephen Hawking's family has announced he died at his home in Cambridge, England.
Although he has lived with a rare form of ALS since he was 21 which left him paralyzed, the specific cause of death has not been shared. He had to communicate with a special device he could control with his cheek, but that never slowed him down. He published groundbreaking works on theoretical physics, creation and even God. The most well-known are his international bestsellers "A Brief History of Time" and "The Universe in a Nutshell."
Eddie Redmayne won an Oscar for is portrayal of Hawking in the 2014 film "The Theory of Everything."
Rod Pyle is the author of 10 books on space exploration, development and history. He also regularly joins KFI's Bill Handel for his "Cool Space News" segment.
His frequent articles have appeared in Space.com, LiveScience, Futurity, Huffington Post and WIRED.
He has written extensively for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Caltech, and authored the Apollo Executive Leadership program for the Johnson Space Center with The Conference Board.
Two of his books, “Destination Moon” (Smithsonian) and “Missions to the Moon” (Sterling) were bestsellers.
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