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Texas Tech professor says Hawking's spirit of resilience will stand out for years

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He is regarded as one of the most brilliant minds in science. More than 50 years after he was diagnosed with ALS, Stephen Hawking died Tuesday at the age of 76.

In popularizing the field of theoretical astrophysics, he inspired other great minds. 

One of those inspired minds -- a professor at Texas Tech. Benjamin Owen, a doctor of physics and astronomy whose adviser in grad school was one of Hawking's students.

He says professor Hawking's spirit of resilience and curiosity will stand out for years.

"Once they got to the point where they could do observations or experiments on the kind of stuff that he had been working on, he would go find something new to work on and get ahead of the curve," Owen said "He was really remarkable for always thinking ahead and for just being able to do these problems in his head pretty much.

"You'd normally see one or two places roped off for wheelchairs at some big talk, right? He'd give a talk and there'd be, like, a parking lot basically, with lots of people coming in wheelchairs. Then, you know there were plenty of people with less drastic things going on that really took him as an inspiration to overcome them and do great things."

Queen Elizabeth has sent a private message of condolences to Hawking's family and scientists of all creeds mourn him on social media.

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