Hon J Killian

Motion on the death of Professor Stephen Hawking

The African National Congress moves without notice: That the House

1) notes with sadness the death of the renowned physicist and professor at the University of Cambridge Stephen Hawking on Wednesday 14 March 2018 at the age of 76;
2) further notes that Hawking suffered for decades from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, the condition that causes nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord to degenerate;
3) remembers that his early encounter with the disease was depicted in the film "The Theory of Everything" in 2014;
4) further remembers that he made several discoveries in the field of physics, mathematics and cosmology that raised his profile internationally;
5) acknowledges that Hawking's theories unlocked a universe of possibilities that we and the world are exploring;
6) remembers with fondness his comments to astronauts in Space Station in 2014, to keep flying like" Superman";
7) offers and shares its condolences with his family, his friends and fellow physicists; and
8) acknowledges that he truly was a "Superman" in his own right.