One of Hawking's legacies will be that he demonstrated how even severe disabilities need not stop someone from achieving lofty goals. I'm not afraid of death, but I'm in no hurry to die.
Scientists, politicians and actors have paid tribute to world renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, who has been called an "inspiration to millions".
Actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik, who met and worked with Prof Hawking when he appeared on U.S. sitcom The Big Bang Theory, tweeted: "As we near Pi day (3.14) I join the global community in mourning the loss of the greatest physicist of our era".
Professor Stephen Hawking said he hoped the general public reading his thesis could "make sense of the cosmos".
In that time he earned a place at Oxford University to read science before going on to complete his PhD in cosmology at Cambridge before the onset of his illness spurred him to some of the greatest works in his field. Stephen Hawking dedicated all his life to studying the universe, moreover, thoroughly, not some separate objects.
"He once said: 'It would not be much of a universe if it wasn't home to the people you love.' We will miss him for ever".
There are few scientists who reach as far into popular culture as Stephen Hawking did.
As tributes continued to flood in for Professor Hawking, who died early on Wednesday morning, a spokeswoman for Gonville & Caius college said plans to celebrate his life and career were being discussed.
A spokesman for Sweden's Royal Academy of Sciences that hands out the Nobel Prizes in physics says Stephen Hawking "was a great scientist who made considerable contributions to science".
"Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet".
The cast of the show were grateful to have met Hawking and expressed this through Twitter. In the past, Hawking spoke out against President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement - a decision which Trump claimed would be counterintuitive to his (problematic) America First policy.
Hawking himself found recognition from the Catholic Church, being named a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
The Motor Neurone Disease Association said Prof Hawking "played a vital role" in raising awareness of the disease, which kills more than half of people within two years of diagnosis.
Hawking invoked the name of God in his seminal book A Brief History of Time, writing that if physicists could find a "theory of everything" - that is, a cohesive explanation for how the universe works - they would glimpse "the mind of God". He countered that many great scientists have also been religious.