The physicist, who battled a rare form of motor neuron disease since his early twenties, has passed away at his home in Cambridge.
Born in 1942, he studied physics at Oxford, before doing a post-grad research in Cosmology at Cambridge.
Despite being given just over two years to live when he was 22, he went on to live for several more decades, making amazing discoveries about the universe.
His 1988 book “A Brief History of Time,” was a worldwide bestseller.
He had three children with his first wife Jane. In later years he married one of his nurses Elaine Mason.
Tributes have poured in for Hawking from all over the world…