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Notable deaths in 2018 around the world

PARIS: From soul diva Aretha Franklin to astrophysicist Stephen Hawking and former UN chief Kofi Annan, here are some of the notable figures who passed away in 2018: January 15: Dolores O´Riordan, singer-songwriter of Irish band The Cranberries, drowned accidentally in a hotel bath aged 46. 27: Ingvar Kamprad, Swedish founder of affordable flat-pack furnishing empire IKEA, passed away at home aged 91. February 21: US preacher Billy Graham, spearhead of a worldwide evangelical Christian movement and spiritual counsel…

Stephen Hawking’s thesis and wheelchair sell for $1 million

LONDON: A motorized wheelchair used by the late British physicist Stephen Hawking sold at auction on Thursday for almost 300,000 pounds ($391,740.00) while a dissertation raised nearly twice that at a sale to raise money for charity. Famed for his work exploring the origins of the universe, Hawking died in March at the age of 76 after spending most of his life confined to a wheelchair with motor neurone disease. Some of his belongings including essays, medals, awards and a copy of his book a “Brief History of Time”…

Exceptional students in maths, physics can now get Stephen Hawking fellowship

LONDON: Exceptional students in mathematics and physics can compete for research fellowships in honour of the late British physicist Stephen Hawking, who died in March, the government announced on Monday. Up to 10 fellowships will be awarded each year for the next five years to candidates completing doctoral studies in maths, physics and computer sciences, according to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The 50 recipients will receive financial support allowing them to continue their work in…

Time travellers invited to Stephen Hawking send-off

LONDON: Stephen Hawking’s family have invited time travellers to his memorial service, seeking to tackle one of the curiosities that eluded the British physicist during his extraordinary life. The world’s most recognisable scientist died in March aged 76 after a lifetime spent probing the origins of the universe, the mysteries of black holes and the nature of time itself. Members of the public have been invited to apply for tickets to attend a celebration of Hawking’s life at a memorial service in Westminster Abbey on…

Stars turn out for Stephen Hawking’s funeral

CAMBRIDGE: Film stars, supermodels, comics and astronomers joined Stephen Hawking's family and friends for his funeral in Cambridge Saturday, the city where he dedicated his life's work to unravelling the mysteries of the universe. The theoretical physicist who captured the imagination of millions around the world died on March 14 at the age of 76. His death triggered a flood of tributes from Queen Elizabeth II to NASA, reflecting his impact both as a scientist and for his refusal to give up in the face of crippling…

Stephen Hawking’s funeral set to take place in Cambridge

LONDON: Friends, family and colleagues of British scientist Stephen Hawking will gather Saturday to pay their respects at his private funeral in Cambridge, where he spent most of his extraordinary life. Hawking, who died on March 14 at the age of 76, was famously an atheist but his children Lucy, Robert and Tim have chosen the town's university church, St Mary the Great, to say their farewell. "Our father's life and work meant many things to many people, both religious and non-religious. So, the service will be both…

Science icon Stephen Hawking’s funeral set for March 31

LONDON: Professor Stephen Hawking's funeral will take place at the Cambridge University church on March 31, the scientist and cultural icon's family announced on Tuesday. The service will be held in the prestigious institution's Great St Mary's church, a short distance from Gonville and Caius College, where where he worked at unlocking the secrets of the universe for more than 52 years. British physicist Hawking died aged 76 on March 14 after a cosmic career in which his mental genius transcended his physical…

Top quotes from Stephen Hawking

The world-famous British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, who died on Wednesday at the age of 76, was known as much for his profound and witty comments as his scientific discoveries. Here are some of Hawking's best known quotes: On his life purpose "My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all" From Stephen Hawking's Universe by John Boslough (1985). On his illness "My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has…

Stephen Hawking, the ‘superhuman’ pop culture star

 Very few people may have read and understood "A Brief History of Time", but the physicist Stephen Hawking carved himself out a place in pop culture equalled only by Albert Einstein. While the brilliant mind behind the theory of relativity was instantly recognisable by Einstein's unruly "mad scientist" hair, Hawking's wheelchair and his synthesised voice made him every bit as iconic. Both knew how to play to the gallery, and that the key to scientific evangelism was not to take yourself too seriously -- in public.…