English theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking made a “fantastic contribution” to the popularization of astronomy, said Dmitry Vibe, head of the department of physics and evolution of stars of the Institute of Astronomy of the Russian Academy of Sciences, in an interview with RBC.
“Hawking managed to raise the popularization of science to a height that will be surpassed soon. Multimillion copies of his books, translations into a huge number of languages is an achievement that popular science literature has not seen and will not see soon, “the academician said.
Hawking has died March 14th at the 77th year of life. He was one of the founders of quantum cosmology.
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The scientist was known for his works on black holes and the theory of relativity. He is a laureate of many prestigious scientific awards and awards, including the Einstein Prize, and also was in the Royal Society of London and the National Academy of Sciences of the United States.
Hawking wrote a number of popular science books. Released in 1998, “A Brief History of Time” became a bestseller. Later, “Black Holes and Young Universes” and “The Shortest History of Time” appeared. In 2006, together with his daughter Lucy, he wrote a book for children “George and the secrets of the universe.”
In 2015, the Royal Society of London presented the “Stephen Hawking Medal for Scientific Communication”, which is awarded to scientists and artists for the dissemination of scientific knowledge.