Stephen Hawking hospitalized

April 20, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has been described as “very ill” and has been hospitalized today, according to reports.

A Cambridge University spokesman which employs Hawking as its Lucasian Professor of Mathematics revealed to the BBC that the iconic scientist “been unwell for a couple of weeks,”  fighting a chest infection.

Hawking, 67, famed for his  1988 book, A Brief History of Time, has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, often fatal after a few years. Hawking has survived for more than 40 years with the disease.  Hawking has been almost entirely paralyzed for years now, and he communicates through an electronic voice synthesizer activated by his fingers.


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