By Johnny Lieu
It may be a cliché to describe someone as an inspiration, but there is no title more befitting for the late Stephen Hawking.
The British theoretical physicist died early Wednesday morning aged 76, after a lifetime awing scientists and the public alike with his brilliance, wit, and his encouragement to investigate the universe around us.
A prolific scientist and author, Hawking leaves the world with his pioneering work on black holes and relativity, as well as quintessential science books like his bestseller, A Brief History of Time. …