His own spirit left many in awe.He was able to move only a few fingers on one hand and was completely dependent on others or on technology for virtually everything - bathing, dressing, eating, even speech.He wanted to make the ideas so accessible that the book would be sold in airports.

Hawking was still able to feed himself and to get in and out of bed.Media captionProfessor Brian Cox on the legacy and wonder of Hawking's work.

In 2004, British newspapers reported that the Cambridge police were investigating allegations that Elaine had abused.They are a complete mystery.In September 2016, Hawking joined 375 "concerned" scientists in penning an open letter criticizing then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, citing the threat of climate change and blasting his push for the US to leave the Paris accord.