He was a bril­liant, ex­tra­or­di­nary mind, says May

The Free Press Journal - - WORLD -

Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May on Wed­nes­day paid trib­ute to worl­drenowned Bri­tish sci­en­tist Stephen Hawk­ing as "a bril­liant and ex­tra­or­di­nary mind" whose legacy "will not be for­got­ten" af­ter his death at the age of 76.

May wrote on her Twit­ter page that Hawk­ing was "one of the great sci­en­tists of his gen­er­a­tion", adding that "his courage, hu­mour and de­ter­mi­na­tion to get the most from life was an in­spi­ra­tion". The flag over the late Stephen Hawk­ing's Cam­bridge Univer­sity col­lege flew at half-mast on Wed­nes­day, as stu­dents and aca­demics came to pay trib­ute af­ter the physi­cist's death.

Gonville and Caius Col­lege, where Hawk­ing was a fel­low for over 50 years, also opened a book of con­do­lences in the chapel and placed a black-and-white pic­ture of him on a no­tice board.

Hu Xiao­hua, a teacher in China and a vis­it­ing scholar at the English fac­ulty in Cam­bridge, cried as she looked at the im­age."I read his books and was in­spired. He said never give up and he never gave up," the 49-yearold said, dab­bing her eyes with a hand­ker­chief. She said Hawk­ing, who was con­fined to a wheel­chair for five decades by mo­tor neu­rone dis­ease, was one of the rea­sons why she moved to Cam­bridge and had in­spired her in­ter­est in quan­tum physics.

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