New Delhi: The world renowned physicist, Stephen Hawking, who is known for his ground breaking theories in Physics, passed away on Wednesday at 76. His demise indicates one of the biggest loss of the scientific community and the entire world.
Apart from his extraordinary scientific theories, some facts have always remained less known about Hawking.
Nobel Prize remained elusive for Stephen Hawking
Professor Stephen Hawking could never win a Nobel Prize because his theories about the Black Hole and the Big Bang were never authenticated. However, those were accepted in theoretical physics.
According to Timothy Ferris, author of 'The Science of Liberty' in National Geographic magazine, "The problem was that there was no way to verify the idea. Black holes are too long-lived to be observed today in their death throes".
Having received over a dozen honorary degrees, Professor Hawking was awarded the CBE in 1982 and the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1985.
He was a fellow of the Royal Society and a member of the US National Academy of Science.
Hawking treated Artificial Intelligence as threat to humanity
Award winning physicist Professor Stephen Hawking has always expressed anxiety about the growing supremacy of Artificial Intelligence (AI) over humanity.
"Earth is becoming too small and humanity is bound to self-destruct, with AI replacing us as the dominant being on the planet," he told wired.com in November 2017.
"I fear that AI may replace humans altogether. If people design computer viruses, someone will design AI that improves and replicates itself. This will be a new form of life that outperforms humans," Hawking said.
The theoretical physicist had reiterated in the past that massive developments in Artificial Intelligence will eventually result in the dominance of the functioning of machines over human beings.