Good News for Physics: Stephen Hawking Is on the Mend

By Eliza Strickland | April 21, 2009 2:36 pm

Stephen Hawking 2After yesterday’s alarming news that world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking had been hospitalized and was “very ill” with a respiratory infection, reports from the hospital today come as a relief. According to Cambridge University, Hawking is now on the road to recovery. “He is comfortable and his family is looking forward to him making a full recovery,” the university, where Hawking is a professor of mathematics, said in a short statement [CNN].

Hawking’s ex-wife, Jane Hawking, also reassured the public. “I have been to see him and he’s fine – he’s doing well. I don’t think his condition is life-threatening” [Telegraph], she said. Others expressed their admiration for the man who hasn’t let his paralysis from Lou Gehrig’s disease slow him down. “He is amazingly resilient,” said Andrew Fabian, the head of the Royal Astronomical Society and a professor of astronomy at Cambridge. “He goes around the world — he does more traveling than most of us. … And he just seems unstoppable. It’s truly amazing” [AP].

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Image: NASA

  • SeanDudeMan

    Good to hear, we can’t afford to lose someone of his brilliance yet.

  • what

    “He is comfortable and his family is looking forward to him making a full recovery”.. umm… i couldn’t resist.

  • Cordia Everitt

    Remarkable article, many thanks, I will bookmark you!


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