Apple CEO Tim Cook Pays Tribute to Stephen Hawking


As the world mourns the passing of famed physicist Stephen Hawking, many have shared tributes remembering this bright mind, including Apple CEO Tim Cook.

The Apple leader sent out a tweet this morning “The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.” -Stephen Hawking. We will always be inspired by his life and ideas. RIP.”

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Cook’s initial tweet accidentally included a typo, spelling “Hawkins” instead of Hawking, but that was later deleted and fixed.

Hawking suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)—also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, which normally can end a life within a few months of its diagnosis. Since being diagnosed at age 21, Hawking was able to defy ALS and lived to age 76, passing away late last night.

Below is an infographic from Business Insider sharing a brief history of Stephen Hawking’s life:


  • Very few great people during a lifetime will contribute to humankind with any significant impact. Even less over all of recorded recorded history will achieve such significant impact. Humanity was very fortunate to have had him.

  • Olley

    we say mankind here, okay?

  • Be The Best

    The Hawk was good. If only all men were like him. Only then would peoplekind have a chance.
    Fair thee well comrade! To infinite and beyond.

  • Aleks Oniszczak

    “Cook’s initial tweet accidentally included a typo, spelling “Hawkins” instead of Hawking” Darn iPhone autocorrect again!

  • Olley
  • Sooo, mankind is more PC? So sorry I screwed up so badly. Are you going to be ok? Anyhoo, seems like mankind is a gender biased term and not as technical.

  • I don’t know why but I keep saying Hawkins as well. Must be a common mistake. I can’t use autocorrect as my excuse though. Brain no work.

  • Aleks Oniszczak

    Don’t worry, it’s not ignorance – it’s just the illusion of knowledge. Oh wait!

  • Olley

    Your words hurt me badly so im going to talk to the webmaster to ban you from commenting because I don’t agree with your opinion. also I’m calling 911 to throw you in federal prison because you sexually assaulted me with your WORDS! how dare you not picking up my non-verbal cues?? my charkas were saying no the entire time, you don’t know how hard is it living in this rape-promoting culture where ALL MEN ARE RAPISTS. I voted for Hillary but she didn’t win because all white men like you voted for trump so im crying myself reading buzzfeed, cnn, New York post, and huffpost and thinking how i’ll revenge this. I can’t even believe the US is this backward nation that does NOT elect someone solely based on gender, I mean come on! it’s 2017 we need to put a vagina in the Whitehouse already!! I just can’t… I need more pumpkin spice latte and im gonna cry some more…

  • Holy crap, I am so sorry. I am ashamed to call myself humanoid. My goal is to raise enough cash so I can finally get multi-gender surgery. That way I can make wise cracks about both genders and still be PC.

  • Olley

    wait… both genders? you assuming there’s only TWO genders?? HOW DARE YOU!!! THIS IS COMPLETELY OFFENSIVE to my friend Alzyeekee, who is a non-binary alien who has 27 genders and 50 pronouns for each day of a week (YES multiple within a day!) I’M SO ANGRY FOR THEM RIGHT NOW ARRRRGGGHHHHHHHHHHHH

    for sure I’m taking screenshots of this conversation and 30 years from now when you’re mildly rich and famous im going to “expose” your sexual misconduct on New York Post!! GOOD LUCK RAPIST MAN!

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