KUALA LUMPUR – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has conveyed his condolences over the demise of world-renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking on Wednesday.
“Saddened to hear that one of the world’s greatest minds, Professor Stephen Hawking, has passed away. It is a great loss to the scientific community, but his legacy will live on for generations to come. My condolences to his family,” Najib said on Twitter.
Hawking, 76, reportedly died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Cambridge, north of London.
Hawking, a legendary figure in the modern history of physics, has authored several best-sellers on science, including “A Brief History of Time,” despite being bound to a wheelchair after contracting a motor neuron disease in 1963.
He has also appeared in movies and television series featuring universe-related topics broadcast by both the US Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and the National Geographic Channel. – BERNAMA