: Eminent British physicist Professor Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76, says their family spokesperson.
'We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today,' professor Hawkings children, Lucy, Robert, and Tim said in a statement carried by Britain's Press Association news agency.
'He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years,' they asid.
Prof Hawking was a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author, and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge.
He was known for his work on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation.
His books A Brief History of Time
, The Universe in a Nutshell
and The Grand Design
have been bestsellers. -- Agencies