Fans demand posthumous Nobel Prize for Stephen Hawking

New Delhi [India]: Fans have taken to Twitter to demand posthumous Nobel Prize for the Theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking, who died peacefully on Wednesday, March 14.

After the news of Hawking’s death broke the internet, American artist, Bill Sienkiewicz, shared a picture of the scientist and wrote, “R.I.P. Stephen Hawking. #StephenHawking. Posthumous Nobel. It’s time”.

One fan tweeted, “Could not be more true – maybe just name a prize for him as well – a mind that could see time and space in a new way and remain connected enough and caring enough to try and explain it to the rest of us. We were lucky to have met him ..”

Another fan wrote, “He doesn’t need a posthumous award. The inscription on the tomb of Sur Christopher Wren would be a perfect citation for the achievement of Professor Hawking. LECTOR SI MONUMENTUM REQUIRIS CIRCUMSPICE”.

While the late Stephen Hawking has always been regarded as one of the most brilliant minds in the science, the renowned physicist was eluded by arguably the world’s most prestigious award, the Nobel Prize, his entire career.

In 1963, Professor Hawking contracted a motor neuron disease that gradually paralysed him over the decades. He was still able to communicate using a single cheek muscle attached to a speech-generating device.

He was the first to set out a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics, a fundamental theory in physics which describes nature at the smallest scales of energy levels of atoms and subatomic particles.

Professor Hawking is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), a lifetime member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.

In 2002, he was ranked 25th in the British Broadcasting Corporation’s (BBC) poll of the ‘100 Greatest Britons.’

His book – ‘A Brief History of Time’, a popular-science book on cosmology, had appeared on the British Sunday Times best-seller list for a record-breaking 237 weeks in the 2000s.

The British physicist was also the subject of the 2014 film ‘The Theory Of Everything’, which starred British actors Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones respectively.

A family spokesperson of Professor Hawking on Wednesday announced his death earlier on Wednesday.

Professor Hawking’s children in a statement described him as a great scientist and an extraordinary man, whose work and legacy will live on for many years. (ANI)