According to the BBC, Stephen Hawking, renowned physicist has died at the age of 76.
He passed away in peace at his Cambridge home in the small hours of Wednesday, according to his family.
The English scientist claimed great fame from his findings and work on relativity and black holes and published several well-known science books including A Brief History of Time.
At just 22, Hawkins was told that he just had a few years left to live after receiving a diagnosis of a rare type of motor neurone disease.
The disease was crippling, leaving him in a wheelchair and barely able to talk except through a piece of machinery that synthesised his voice.
In a statement his children,Robert, Lucy and Tim, declared: "We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today.
"He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years."
In this statement, his children praised his "courage and persistence" and said his "brilliance and humour" inspired people all over the world.
"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 forever."
In Gonville and Caius College in Cambridge, the college wherein Professor Hawkings was a fellow, a book of condolence is to be opened.