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Stephen Hawking wasn't just a renowned physicist. He was also a pop-culture favorite

Pop culture loved Stephen Hawking, and Stephen Hawking loved pop culture back.

In fact, entertainment fed most of the world's knowledge of the acclaimed physicist, whose brain and brilliance remained unmarred as Lou Gehrig's disease ravaged his body. He died at 76 on Wednesday morning in his native England.

We learned through movies and television and even music that Hawking's intelligence was not limited to the greater universe. He also told a mean joke.

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