The Most Moving Stephen Hawking Tributes on Twitter (So Far)
If the world seemed a little bit sadder this morning, there's a good reason why. Early on Wednesday, the renowned physicist Stephen Hawking -- long considered one of the greatest human minds of all time -- died at age 76.
News of the celebrated scientist and best-selling author's death sparked a wave of emotional online tributes from fellow famed academics, world leaders, movie stars, musicians, disability advocates, and a many other notable folks he touched and inspired around the world.
The American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson described his passing as having left an "intellectual vacuum."
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi insisted that his work "made our world a better place."
Professor Stephen Hawking was an outstanding scientist and academic. His grit and tenacity inspired people all over the world. His demise is anguishing. Professor Hawking’s pioneering work made our world a better place. May his soul rest in peace.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 14, 2018
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield chimed in, too.
Even Katy Perry felt compelled to pay tribute.
Barack Obama shared a photo taken during Hawking's visit to the White House in 2009.
George Takei marked his remembrance with a nod to the importance of scientific inquiry.
One of the greatest minds our species has ever produced is returned to the stars. It is a great loss to the scientific community. He was a hero to so many. Stephen Hawking, let us honor your work by respecting always the importance of scientific inquiry. https://t.co/BuNaEUrcer— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 14, 2018
Dan Rather wrote of Hawking's deep belief in "the power of reason."
Our world has lost a shining light. Stephen Hawking defied expectation. Blessed with a brilliant mind and uncommon grace, he opened so many minds to the wonders of our universe. Courageous and unbowed by adversity, he believed deeply in the power reason. May he rest in peace.— Dan Rather (@DanRather) March 14, 2018
Al Jean, longtime producer of The Simpsons, wrote of Hawking's legendary sense of humor.
John Oliver also shared his memory of how funny Hawking was.
Comedian Kumail Nanjiani took a moment to acknowledge the influence Hawking's book A Brief History of Time had on him.
RIP Stephen Hawking. Genuinely very sad to hear that. If you haven’t, read A Brief History of Time. It’ll make the world feel more amazing and beautiful and strange. It’ll also make you feel smart and stupid all at once.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) March 14, 2018
Disability advocate Nyle DiMarco remarked on Hawking's visibility (he suffered from ALS) as a testament to the limitless human potential.
Stephen Hawking...— Nyle DiMarco (@NyleDiMarco) March 14, 2018
A testament that disability is not “inability” and that people with disabilities can achieve anything they set their minds to.
Famed computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee described Hawking as a "colossal mind and a wonderful spirit."
Macaulay Culkin was moved to say something, too.
I just heard about Stephen Hawking's passing. He was both a genius and my favorite Simpsons character. We'll miss you, buddy.— Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) March 14, 2018