Stephen Hawking death: Why wasn't professor knighted? Piers Morgan stunned by answer

Piers Morgan reflected on his time interviewing Stephen Hawking, explaining how difficult it was to watch him try to answer an impromptu question.

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“It was torture to watch that genius mind in the body that was of no use to him,” Morgan, 52, admitted. 

What’s more, he reflected on how the theoretical physicist said he wished to spend his final day on earth. 

Last year, he told Morgan: “Sitting with family, listening to Wagner, sipping champagne in the summer sun.”

What’s more, the Good Morning Britain host couldn’t understand why he had not been recognised officially for his outstanding contributions to the world of science. 

Morgan pondered: “He should have got a Nobel Prize and he should have got a knighthood.

“Don’t know what happened there.”

Later, when discussing the scientist’s remarkable life, an ambassador for the Motor Neurone Disease Association told Piers he had seemingly been offered it. 

Professor Hawking was reportedly offered a knighthood in the 1990s but turned it down due to the UK government’s “science funding”. 

What’s more, the Good Morning Britain guest continued: “He was a commander which I do believe is higher than a knighthood.”

He was, however, given a CBE – Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Emprire – in 1982.

He was, however, given a CBE – Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Emprire – in 1982.

The Nobel Prize in Physics has sadly eluded Professor Hawking as it requires “observational data” to be awarded. 

The foundation doesn’t award posthumously. 

A spokesperson for the Hawking family broke the news of the professor’s death, in a statement which read: “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today.

“He was a great scientists and an extraordinary man who’s work and legacy will live on for many years. 

“His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world.

“He once said, ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love’. We will miss him forever’,” Lucy, Robert and Tim added. 

Earlier on BBC Breakfast, their tribute to Professor Hawking was painfully interrupted.

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV from 6am. 

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