Professor Stephen Hawking had one of the most remarkable brains of the past century.
The British physicist did his best to confront the questions around the big bang, black holes and string theory.
In addition to the most complex and challenging questions in quantum mechanics, Hawking also faced the challenge of death.
After he was diagnosed with motor neurons at the age of 21, he lived with the debilitating disease for 55 years.
With a first diagnosis of two years to live, Hawking defied all expectations.
He lived with the prospect of an early death for decades – and it made him face the dark reality.
In an interview with The Guardian in 2011, Professor Hawking said: "I am not afraid of death, but I am in no hurry to die. I have so much that I want to do first. & # 39;
With such a philosophical approach to life and with one of the most analytical minds the world has ever seen, Professor Hawking was inspiring in his strength.
One of the most brilliant minds of all time, and the leading scholar in the field of black holes, Professor Stephen Hawking (photo) believed that life after death was a myth
For many, the reassurance of a life after death is something that is approaching reassurance.
Hawking, however, saw death very differently.
Although the man has inspired millions through his books, lectures, theories and the recent biopic about his life, Professor Hawking did not believe in life after death.
In the same interview in 2011 he said: & # 39; I consider the brain as a computer that stops working when its components fail.
& # 39; There is no heaven or the hereafter for broken computers; that is a fairy tale for people who are afraid of the dark. & # 39;
In the case of Professor Hawking, he believed that the life of your best life was more important than hoping for a heaven.
We should strive for the greatest value of our action, & # 39; he said, when asked how we should live.
Probably the person who understood the foundation of the universe better than anyone, offered him a unique perspective.
& # 39; Science predicts that many different types of universes will be spontaneously created out of nothing. It is a matter of coincidence that we find ourselves, "he said.
Hawking was a longtime critic of the idea of a deity and religions.
He believed that it was natural for people to believe in an almighty God before science offered an explanation.
In his opinion, science now offered a clearer and more thorough explanation than faith.