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Stephen Hawking dies at 76—and the world pays tribute

Stephen Hawking dies at 76—and the world pays tribute
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Stephen Hawking, the famous theoretical physicist who explored the nature of the cosmos and the origin of the universe, has died peacefully at his home in Cambridge, England. In a statement released on Wednesday morning, his family said of the author of A Brief History of Time, which sold tens of millions of copies: “He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years.”

Within hours, tributes poured in from scientists and tech leaders around the world.

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