Physics and Cosmology legend of legends Stephen Hawking has left the physical plane of existence and scattered his energy to the universe at the age of 76.

Hawking passed away peacefully at his estate in Cambridge, England in the early morning of March 14th, per an official statement issued by his family. No further details regarding his condition prior to passing were released to the public.

Stephen Hawking became a visionary and icon in the scientific community for his work in cosmology and theoretical physics. His notable work was the 1988 bestselling book “A Brief History of Time,” which has sold more than 10 million copies around the world, and translated into 35 different languages. Hawking has also received countless honorary degrees for his contributions to science. He is also well-known as a survivor of his condition, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), having been diagnosed with the condition at the early age of 22 and given only two years to live after. He defied doctors and lived with his debilitating condition for more than 50 years. However, his ALS has left him paralyzed for the greater part of his life.

In an effort to communicate with the outside world, his wheelchair is equipped with a speech synthesizer controlled by his cheek muscles, developed by Intel, with text prediction programmed by SwiftKey.

He is survived by his two ex-wives, Jane Wilde and Elaine Mason, and three children.