Students laid flowers and signed a book of condolence at Stephen Hawking's former college in Cambridge on Wednesday, in remembrance of the world-renowned physicist who died in the early hours of the day. The Gonville and Caius College of Cambridge University flag was seen flying at half-mast for the late professor. Best known for his contributions to cosmology and black hole theory, he was... Еще the celebrated author of such seminal works as 'A Brief History of Time' and 'The Universe in a Nutshell,' and was often regarded as one of the most significant scientists of modern times since Albert Einstein. Hawking defied all odds by developing his most ground-breaking theories of physics, space and time after he was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a type of motor neurone disease in 1962 and was speculated to live only two more years. Hawking was 76 years old.