RIP: Stephen Hawking's Most Inspiring Quotes Are More Relevant Than Ever

In terms of grasping the complexities of black holes, singularities and other cosmic mysteries that theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking spent a lifetime unravelling, it's fair to say that most people only understood a fraction of what the brilliant British mathematician was ever talking or writing about.

Hawking also recognised the enormous potential of the universe to be teeming with life and the advances in technology that might permit its detection in the near future.

In the 1970s, Hawking coined his theory "Hawking radiation" where black holes radiate energy, as well as predicting the existence of mini-black holes at the time of the Big Bang.

Director-General Fabiola Gianotti of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, hailed Hawking for the "enthusiasm, vitality and passion for knowledge" that he showed during visits to the Large Hadron Collider and related facilities in and around Geneva. One day in February of 1992 (see note at bottom), I was walking with Gerry Brown, a nuclear theorist who also visited Caltech each year in the Spring, together with Hans Bethe, Brown's collaborator on the theory of binary neutron stars, along the lovely paths in Arcadia's Arboretum. Hawking had famously said, "Life would be tragic if it weren't amusing", and it seems like he truly believed in it.

Celebrities including Sam Smith, Nancy Sinatra and Janelle Monáe also shared tributes. According to Matt Selman, a writer for The Simpsons, Hawking enjoyed his cameos on the animated sitcom so much that for "a couple of years" he would turn up to rehearsals just to watch the cast run through their lines. Along with the image, wrote: "You have to have a positive attitude and get the best out of the situation in which you find yourself", followed by Hawkings name. It's no wonder why he would be a recurring guest on The Big Bang Theory, and it's no secret that he could make even a fictional genius like Sheldon look like a novice.

Well, we are also truly thankful to the man for that.

But most of all, he'll be remembered for expanding our universe, opening up new realms of human possiblity and achievement while exploring scientific theory.

Stephen Hawking, the author of "A Brief History of Time", had a remarkable gift for timing. Previously nothing was believed to escape the black hole's intense gravity.

He hinted that information might not disappear from black holes after all.

In the 1970s, Hawking considered whether the particles and light that enter a black hole were ultimately destroyed if the black hole evaporated.

Hawking has often been compared to Albert Einstein, who did win a Nobel Prize. Hawking's iron will that made him such a huge source of inspiration for many people.

The charity said it had seen such an "influx of donations" following the announcement of Prof Hawking's death that its website had crashed.