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People we lost in 2018

Photos Logo Photos | Slide 1 of 37: CAMBRIDGE, CAMBRIDGESHIRE - NOVEMBER 21:  Professor Stephen Hawking addressing The Cambridge Union on November 21, 2017 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.  (Photo by Chris Williamson/Getty Images)

Stephen Hawking (Jan. 8, 1942 – March 14, 2018)

The English physicist and mathematician, who made significant contributions to cosmology, died at the age of 76. Despite suffering from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a rare and life-threatening condition, he made major contributions to his field of work. His children, Lucy, Robert and Tim said in a statement: "We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world. He once said, ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss him forever.”

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