He was a mathematical genius and an inspiration to millions across the globe while he lived.
And even in death Stephen Hawking has proved just what a mathematical genius he was – parting the world on the most relevant day of the year.
Pi Day 3.14.
With exactly the same awesome sense of humour he was known for, Hawking died at his home in Cambridge early this morning on the 30th anniversary of Pi.
And to make it even more memorable, today is Albert Einstein’s birthday.
Even in death, Hawking’s genius is still shining through.
The 76-year-old’s children Lucy, Robert and Tim announced his death in a statement this morning, saying: ‘We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today.’
Hawking’s incredible mind pushed the very limits of human understanding both in the vastness of space and in the bizarre sub-molecular world of quantum theory, which he said could predict what happens at the beginning and end of time.
His work ranged from the origins of the universe, through the tantalising prospect of time travel to the mysteries of space’s all-consuming black holes.