Tech Leaders Pay Tribute to Stephen Hawking

Some of the biggest names in technology have joined world leaders, entertainers and scientists in paying tribute to Stephen Hawking.

The renowned physicist died Wednesday aged 76.

“The world has lost a beautiful mind and a brilliant scientist,” Google (GOOGL) CEO Sundar Pichai wrote on Twitter.

Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella also paid tribute, saying Hawking’s “legacy and brilliance” would live on.

“We lost a great one today,” Nadella said in a post on LinkedIn.

Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook tweeted: “We will always be inspired by his life and ideas.”

Despite a debilitating neurodegenerative condition that left him paralyzed, Hawking became one of the greatest scientists of his time, brilliant at explaining many of the universe’s biggest mysteries.

He believed that the survival of humanity depended on its ability to live outside earth.

“I believe that the long-term future of the human race must be in space,” Hawking said in an interview with CNN in 2008. “The human race shouldn’t have all its eggs in one basket, or on one planet.”

Some of tech’s biggest entrepreneurs are now racing to make that vision a reality.

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SOURCE: CNN, Rishi Iyengar