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A great mind has left us. On the morning of Wednesday March 13, Stephen Hawking departed our world in his home in Cambridge, England at the age of 76, released from his Earthly constrains and free to wander the Cosmos. Known for his work as a Cambridge University physicist (among many many other things), Hawking is an icon that represents humanity’s insatiable curiosity and determination to achieve a greater understanding of the universe.┬áHe was portrayed by Eddie Redmayne in the biopic “The Theory of Everything.” A colossus of human being, he will be greatly missed.