During his second visit to the Sudbury facility, Hawking spoke to his hosts about the need for physics to be accessible to ordinary people.
“I hope I have helped to raise the profile of science and to show that physics is not a mystery but can be understood by ordinary people,” he said at the time.
“I believe everyone can and should have a broad picture of how the universe operates and our place in it. This is what I have tried to convey in my books.”
“My advice to other disabled people is to concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you from doing well and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit,” he said.
His 1988 book A Brief History of Time was an international bestseller; A Briefer History of Time, intended to be more accessible, followed in 2005.
His early life was chronicled in the 2014 film The Theory of Everything, with Eddie Redmayne winning the best actor Academy Award for his portrayal of the scientist.
“Saddened to learn of the passing of Stephen Hawking,” Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said in a tweet.
“(He) taught us the endless possibilities of our own curiosity. He will continue to inspire generations to come.”