(CNN) – Figures from the scientific community and beyond came together to mark the passing of famed physicist Stephen Hawking, who died at age 76 on Wednesday, the same day as Albert Einstein’s birthday, also known as “Pi day.”
The academic, author and noted scientist brought his complex theories to a wide audience through his bestselling book, “A Brief History of Time.”
“He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years,” his three children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, said in a joint statement.
“His courage and persistence, with his brilliance and humor, inspired people across 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.”
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