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Stephen Hawking Ill

Patricia Sullivan

Stephen W. Hawking, the British theoretical astrophysicist whom many considered the greatest scientific mind since Einstein, has been rushed to the hospital and is reportedly very ill.

Two weeks ago, he canceled his appearance as the headliner at Arizona State University's Origins Symposium, reportedly recovering from a chest infection.

The 67-year-old Hawking gained renown for his work on black holes, and has remained active despite being stricken with motor neurone disease as a young man. For some years, Hawking has been almost entirely paralyzed, and he communicates through an electronic device activated by his fingers.

By Patricia Sullivan |  April 20, 2009; 11:48 AM ET  | Category:  Patricia Sullivan
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