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We take a look back at Professor Stephen Hawking’s visits to East Anglia

PUBLISHED: 10:50 14 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:26 14 March 2018

Professor Stephen Hawking visited the Kesgrave Community Centre to visit the Headway conference. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Professor Stephen Hawking visited the Kesgrave Community Centre to visit the Headway conference. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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It was announced this morning that Professor Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76, we take a look at his visits to Suffolk.

Professor Stephen Hawking visited the Kesgrave Community Centre to visit the Headway conference . CEO Helen Fairweather walks in with Professor Stephen Hawking to greet his fans. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNProfessor Stephen Hawking visited the Kesgrave Community Centre to visit the Headway conference . CEO Helen Fairweather walks in with Professor Stephen Hawking to greet his fans. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The renowned theoretical physicist and cosmologist died peacefully at his home in Cambridge in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Read more: ‘An extraordinary man whose legacy will live on’ – Professor Stephen Hawking dies at 76

Professor Stephen Hawking visiting Kesgrave Community Centre in 2016. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNProfessor Stephen Hawking visiting Kesgrave Community Centre in 2016. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The scientific genius visited the region several times - his most recent visit was in October 2016 when he gave an inspiring talk to Headway Suffolk’s Neuro Conference at BT Adastral Park and then Kesgrave Community Centre.

During his talk he spoke about his own experience with dealing with Moto neuron disease (MND) and how the positives in life have kept him going.

Can you spot anyone you know at the conference? Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNCan you spot anyone you know at the conference? Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

In 2012, the scientist visited Felixstowe and enjoyed some lunch at the Regal Fish Bar and Restaurant.

Read more: Stephen Hawking’s day-out at the Suffolk seaside

Professor Stephen Hawking visited the Kesgrave Community Centre to visit the Headway conference. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNProfessor Stephen Hawking visited the Kesgrave Community Centre to visit the Headway conference. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

One year later, Professor Hawking surprised the Royal Air Force Lakenheath with a visit and he had his picture taken with members of the 48th Security Forces Squadron.

CEO  of Headway Suffolk Helen Fairweather. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNCEO of Headway Suffolk Helen Fairweather. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Can you spot anyone you know at the conference? Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNCan you spot anyone you know at the conference? Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Professor Stephen Hawking visited the Kesgrave Community Centre to visit the Headway conference. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNProfessor Stephen Hawking visited the Kesgrave Community Centre to visit the Headway conference. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Professor Stephen Hawking giving a speech at the Headway Suffolk Conference at BT Adastral Park. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNProfessor Stephen Hawking giving a speech at the Headway Suffolk Conference at BT Adastral Park. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Professor Stephen Hawking giving a speech at the Headway Suffolk Conference at BT Adastral Park Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNProfessor Stephen Hawking giving a speech at the Headway Suffolk Conference at BT Adastral Park Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Professor Stephen Hawking giving a speech at the Headway Suffolk Conference at BT Adastral Park. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNProfessor Stephen Hawking giving a speech at the Headway Suffolk Conference at BT Adastral Park. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Professor Stephen Hawking, University of Cambridge professor and best-selling author, to Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Dec. 29, 2013. From left to right: Master Sgt. Patrick Robison, Staff Sgt. Benjamin Vass, Staff Sgt. Joshua Angus, Staff Sgt. Greggory Swarz, Tech. Sgt. Christopher Palmer and Staff Sgt. Blake Parrish. Picture: RAF SQN. LDR.JERRY NEILD.Professor Stephen Hawking, University of Cambridge professor and best-selling author, to Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Dec. 29, 2013. From left to right: Master Sgt. Patrick Robison, Staff Sgt. Benjamin Vass, Staff Sgt. Joshua Angus, Staff Sgt. Greggory Swarz, Tech. Sgt. Christopher Palmer and Staff Sgt. Blake Parrish. Picture: RAF SQN. LDR.JERRY NEILD.

Scientist Stephen Hawking enjoys a day out at the seaside, including a meal at the Regal Fish Bar in Sea Road, Felixstowe. Pictured here with restaurant staff member Jamie Airey.Scientist Stephen Hawking enjoys a day out at the seaside, including a meal at the Regal Fish Bar in Sea Road, Felixstowe. Pictured here with restaurant staff member Jamie Airey.

Hundreds of US air force staff from RAF Mildenhall and their families are moving to Gloucestershire as the Suffolk base prepares for closure.

Further searches are being carried out today to help find missing Matthew Strasbaugh, 18, from Lakenheath.

A busy road near Ipswich is to be closed in an emergency for the best part of a day so that a lamppost can be replaced.

TV naturalist Chris Packham has called on energy bosses to “work harder” to avoid building a massive substation in a “beautiful” Suffolk habitat.

A main road into Ipswich has been ranked in the top 10 ‘riskiest roads’ in the east of England by a road safety charity.

Firefighters have saved a historic thatched cottage tonight after a serious fire started in the chimney of the house.

A drug dealing hotspot is to be targeted with increased police patrols after residents said they were scared to go out.

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