The death of acclaimed physicist Stephen Hawking, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 76, has been remarked on by a number of prominent Israeli scientists, who spoke rapturously of his work, while voicing regret over his support for the academic boycott of the Jewish state.
Hawking was admired the world over for his discoveries, most notably the fact that black holes emit radiation, something previously thought impossible. He was also respected for his long battle with the degenerative disease ALS, which resulted in the near complete paralysis of his body.
At first being given three years to live, Hawking survived for over five decades with ALS, traveling the world in a special wheelchair that included a speech synthesizer he could operate with eye movements.
Professor Barak Kol, head of the Hebrew University Physics Department, told the Hebrew news site Ynet about his personal recollections of Hawking.