R.I.P. Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking (Credit: NASA)

Stephen Hawking died on Wednesday at his home in Cambridge, England. He was 76 years old.

Hawking was a great scientist who contributed much to our understanding of the Universe and our place in it. More important, perhaps, was the heroic way he dealt with the cruel blow that fate dealt him. He made the best of a truly terrible situation, and for that each of us can take inspiration.

Rest in peace, Stephen.