Piers Morgan reminisced about meeting the late Stephen Hawking just one year ago and shared some touching clips showing his great sense of humour.
Professor Hawking , one of the world’s most acclaimed physicists, died aged 76 on Wednesday.
After being diagnosed with a rare form of motor neurone disease in 1964 at the age of 22, he was given just a few years to live.
Yet against all odds he celebrated his 70th birthday nearly half a century later as one of the most brilliant and famous scientists of the modern age.
Piers and Susanna Reid had welcomed Richard White from the Motor Neuron Disease Association to speak about the professor.
"He had a great sense of humour," Piers agreed. "We found some clips [after] I interviewed him a year ago."
The first clip showed Professor Hawking answering which three people he would choose to stay with him on a desert island.
In the end, he chose an interesting trio of Marilyn Monroe, Einstein and Galileo.
Susanna exclaimed: "That would be some desert island!"
"One hell of a desert island," Piers said
Professor Hawking also spoke about when he was at his happiest: "It was 1967 and the birth of my first child Robert. My three children have brought me great joy. And I can tell you what will make me happy – to travel in space. I have already completed a zero gravity flight which allowed me to float weightless."
Finally, Piers shared a clip showing Professor Hawking speaking about what he saw as the biggest threat to our planet and civilisation.
"Ever since the start of the industrial revolution there have been fears of mass unemployment as machines replaced humans. But there is a greater danger from artificial intelligence if we allow it to become self-designing for then if it can improve itself rapidly and we can lose control."
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