By Palestine Chronicle Staff
Stephen Hawking, a renowned physicist, and ambassador of science passed away last night, aged 76.
Stephen Hawking, modern cosmology's brightest star, dies aged 76 https://t.co/z0NcIdM5iy
— The Guardian (@guardian) March 14, 2018
Considered by many to be among the world’s greatest modern scientists, he probed the mysteries of the universe in his wildly popular books, including the landmark “A Brief History of Time”.
— BDS Movement (@BDSmovement) May 8, 2013
Stephen Hawking was a friend of Palestine and he publicly condemned the Apartheid State of Israel, calling for an academic boycott in 2013.
Retweeted The IMEU (@theIMEU):
Physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking posted a link today asking his… https://t.co/HMFQSyHjfk
— Rania Masri (@rania_masri) February 13, 2017
In 2017, he posted a link on Facebook asking his followers to help support science students in Palestine.
— Palestine Observer (@PalObserver) March 14, 2018
The world famous British Scientist was a long-standing supporter for Palestine, young physicists and Birzeit University. Hawking visited the University in 2006 and lectured hundreds of faculty members and guests, and thousands of students, and joined the academic boycott of Israel.
When visiting the Palestinian University, Hawking advocated for the right to academic freedom in a press release published by Modoweiss. He praised Palestinian scientists, saying, “I support the rights of scientists everywhere to freedom of movement, publication and collaboration.”
Stephen Hawking (RIP) on Palestine “ A people under Occupation will continue to Resist “ https://t.co/SOEm45hbmz
— Irish For Palestine (@NYCelt) March 14, 2018
Since the news of his death, there has been an outpouring of messages of adoration and grief for Hawking’s death, and his brave in principled stand for Palestinian freedom.
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