The Yorkshire Post says: A ground-breaker. The legacy of Stephen Hawking

HIS body might have been broken from a young age but it didn't prevent Professor Stephen Hawking overcoming disability to break down barriers and become one of the most foremost physicists of all-time.

Professor Stephen Hawking.

Given just two years to live when struck down with a rare form of motor neurone disease in 1964, this medical miracle became a superstar celebrity whose work drew favourable comparison with Albert Einstein amongst others.

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Using his trademark voice synthesiser to speak, he once said that this helped him to clarify complex arguments and present them and communicate them effectively to a world left in awe of his intellect.

Not afraid to embrace popular culture to explain his passion for cosmology, the legacy is a generation of scientists exploring new frontiers thanks to a pioneering and enigmatic scientist who maintained that “the greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge”.