Stephen Hawking: Man who cast light on black holes

Stephen Hawking

One of the world's most brilliant physicists

Regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists to have lived, Stephen Hawking revolutionised the way we look at the cosmos and inspired a generation through his book, A Brief History of Time, which explored the origins and structure of the universe from the Big Bang to black holes.

On this day, 14 March, three years ago Hawking passed away at the age of 76, having suffered from motor neuron disease from shortly before his 21st birthday.

Diagnosed with the illness while studying for his degree at University College, Oxford, Hawking was not expected to live more than two years and completing his doctorate seemed very unlikely. But he defied the odds, not only attaining his PhD but also forging new roads in the understanding of the universe in the decades that followed...FULL STORY