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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-20-2009, 12:26 PM Thread Starter
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Steven Hawkings very ill

I hope that if it is his time to pass that he does so quickly and without pain. He is an extraordinary man.



LONDON, England (CNN) -- Scientist and author Stephen Hawking is "very ill" and has been hospitalized, according to Cambridge University, where he is a professor.


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Hawking, 67, is one of the world's most famous physicists and also a cosmologist, astronomer, and mathematician.

Wheelchair-bound Hawking is perhaps most famous for 'A Brief History of Time.'

Hawking has Lou Gehrig's Disease (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS), which is usually fatal after three years. Hawking has survived for more than 40 years since his diagnosis.

On his Web site, Hawking has written about living with ALS. "I try to lead as normal a life as possible, and not think about my condition, or regret the things it prevents me from doing, which are not that many," he wrote.

He added: "I have been lucky, that my condition has progressed more slowly than is often the case. But it shows that one need not lose hope."

Hawking has been married twice. His Web site says he has three children and one grandchild.

Hawking was born on what turned out to be an auspicious date: January 8, 1942 -- the 300th anniversary of the death of astronomer and physicist Galileo Galilei.

A Cambridge University spokesman told CNN: "Professor Hawking is very ill and has been taken by ambulance to Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge."

Professor Peter Haynes, head of the university's department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, said: "Professor Hawking is a remarkable colleague, we all hope he will be amongst us again soon."

Hawking has guest-starred, as himself, on Star Trek: The Next Generation and The Simpsons. He also said if he had the choice of meeting Sir Isaac Newton or Marilyn Monroe, his choice would be Marilyn.


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Oh no. I hope his health improves quickly. He has so much more to do.
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God bless him. It would be a terrible loss to the world if he died. What an amazing philosophy he has--and an unbelievable mind.




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Oh no....

The average intelligence of the globe will drop when he goes....

Hang on in there Stephen
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Not only is he a super genius, but he is such an inspiration in his 40 year battle with ALS.

That latest on CNN is that he is comfortable and will spend the night. Maybe it was just an infection and dehydration, or something like that.


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Plus he takes it (his illness) with very good humour. His appearance on The Simpsons was legendary.
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Fingers and paws crossed here, too.

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Apparently he is expected to make a full recovery

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... ction.html

(apologies to my fellow Brits for having to resort to linking to the Daily Mail... the BBC had a similar article earlier on but I cant find it now)

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Edit: here it is: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8010058.stm

I'm surprised that the DM didn't try to blame his illness on immigrants, "yobbos" or the "nanny state" though
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I'm surprised that the DM didn't try to blame his illness on immigrants, "yobbos" or the "nanny state" though
. What a ghastly 'newspaper'. (otherwise known as bog roll where I come from )

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