The famous scientist Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76, a spokesperson for his family said.
Hawking’s net worth was estimated to be $20 million, according to multiple sources. While Hawking suffered from ALS and required around-the-clock care as well as his iconic wheelchair and computer speech system according to Scientific American, he none the less earned millions through his academic work.
Here’s everything you need to know about Hawking’s wealth.
1. Hawkings Was a Bestselling Author
Hawking is one of the most famous scientists to have ever lived, and his early work on black holes changed the way we think about gravity and the universe, according to NPR. Lawrence Krauss, a theoretical physicist at Arizona State University and friend and colleague of Hawking told NPR that physicists once thought that nothing could escape the massive gravitational pull of black holes. But Hawking, through his knowledge of quantum mechanics and the theory of relativity, theorized that there was a kind of particle that had to defy what was expected from gravity and radiate from black holes. The radiation is now called Hawking radiation, according to Krauss.
Hawkings applied his work to several books, many of which went on to become bestsellers. One of his most famous works, A Brief History of Time, was on the Sunday Times bestsellers list for more than four years according to Inverse.
2. He Held a Prestigious Position at a Prestigious University
Hawking was the Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology (CTC) at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge, according to CTC’s official website.