Stephen Hawking was a remarkable advocate for people with disabilities

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When Stephen Hawking spoke, the world listened. 

The physicist, who died early Wednesday at the age of 76, could never be contained to just one subject. He talked about his life’s work — exploring the origin of the universe — while contributing to conversations about topics like fighting for Britain’s National Health Service and the importance of bringing science to the masses. 

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And Hawking, who was diagnosed with a nervous system disease known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 1963, also became one of the world’s most famous advocates for people living with disabilities. Read more…

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