President Uhuru Kenyatta has mourned renown physicist Steven Hawking and hopes his distinguished work will inspire Kenyans.
Hawking lost his battle against the motor-neuron disease on Wednesday morning.
Hawking was a distinguished physicist, Uhuru noted in his condolence message via Twitter, adding he was dismayed by the news.
“[His] distinguished work gave us a new understanding of the universe and its history. Hawking overcame severe disability and difficulty to give us a new understanding of human possibility,” he said.
The President hopes Hawking inspires Kenyans and others in the world to seek knowledge as relentlessly as he did.
“Hawking’s ideas live on in his books, including ‘A Brief History of Time’, which inspires new generations of inquirers.”
Hawking died peacefully at his home in Cambridge at the age of 76.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration eulogised him as a superman, renown physicist and ambassador of Science.
Via Twitter, Nasa said the physicist’s theories unlocked a universe of possibilities.
“Nasa and the world are exploring the universe through Hawking’s theories … may you keep flying like superman in micro-gravity.”
Many mourned Hawkings via the social media platform, ‘@neiltyson’ saying his passing has left an intellectual vacuum.