The world renowned British physicist and time explorer, Stephen Hawking, died peacefully today at the age of 76. At the age of 22, Hawking was diagnosed with a rare type of Motor Neuron Disease, and his doctors estimated that he would only live for a few years.

Hawking, however, outlived his doctors’ expectations, and greatly contributed to the physics discipline, with groundbreaking theories on time, relativity, black holes, and wormholes. The discoveries he made, and his sheer capacity to defy all medical odds, have inspired people from all walks of life.

It is not surprising, therefore, that several filmmakers and television producers payed homage to Hawking, during his life time. From Oscar wining biopic The Theory of Everything (2014), to films like Interstellar (2014) and the Back to the Future Series (1985-2015), to TV shows like The Flash (2014)Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994) and Legends of Tomorrow (2016), the creative industry was extremely inspired by both Hawking’s personal life, and his work. It appears that Hawking’s influence, has outreached anyone’s expectations, and it will continue doing so for the rest of time.

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