3/14/2018 4:51:56 AM

The children of Stephen Hawking say their father ''was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years.''

Hawking -- the best-known theoretical physicist of his time -- died early this morning at his home in Cambridge, England, at the age of 76.

One of science's biggest celebrities since Albert Einstein, Hawking was known for his groundbreaking work with black holes and relativity.

Ten years ago, Stephen Hawking helped Canada's science profile when he accepted a research post at the country's ''crown jewel'' of theoretical physics study.

In 2008, Hawking took on the title of distinguished research chair at the prestigious Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario, which later named a new wing at the facility after the wheelchair-bound scientist.

Hawking visited the institute twice -- once in 2010 and again in 2012, saying in a video conference prior to his first visit that Perimeter's chosen focus on quantum theory and space-time was close to his heart.


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