‘The world has lost a beautiful mind’ — tributes pour in for Stephen Hawking

Tributes are pouring out around the world following the death of Stephen Hawking.

The storied physicist, viewed as one of science’s most famous voices since Albert Einstein, died early Wednesday at his home in Cambridge, England, at age 76.

Below are some of the initial tributes to Hawking, who suffered from a debilitating neurological disorder and became a celebrity even as he communicated via a synthesized-speech box.

American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson:

NASA:

A member of the team behind “The Simpsons,” the 21st Century Fox FOXA, -1.03% TV show, which featured Hawking several times:

Actor Eddie Redmayne, who played Hawking in the 2014 Universal Pictures CMCSA, -1.43%  movie “The Theory of Everything,” said the following, according to multiple published reports: “We have lost a truly beautiful mind, an astonishing scientist and the funniest man I have ever had the pleasure to meet.”

Google GOOG, -2.26%  CEO Sundar Pichai:

Tanya Harrison, from Arizona State University’s Space Technology and Science Initiative:

And, as stories circulate about how Hawking used to drive his wheelchair around Cambridge “at some speed” and “with no lights”, a near-miss described by archaelogist Sarah Parcak:

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