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Stephen Hawking Is “Very Ill”

April 20, 2009

UPDATE

Two days after this post was written positive news from the hospital, and Stephen Hawking seems to be doing much better.

Who has not been dazzled by the mind of Stephen Hawking?  Now comes word that one of the most brillant minds is very ill, and though not stated, is perhaps fighting for his life. 

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’ which explored the origins of the universe in layman’s terms, is considered a modern classic.

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.”

The disease has left him paralyzed — he is able to move only a few fingers on one hand. Hawking is completely dependent on others or technology for virtually everything — bathing, dressing, eating, even speech. He uses a speech synthesizer with an American accent.

Hawking has been married and divorced twice. In 2004, police completed an investigation into accusations by Hawking’s daughter that his second wife was abusing him. Authorities said they found no proof.

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.

One Comment
  1. truevcu permalink
    April 20, 2009 2:09 PM

    Well it’s well known that he suffers from Lou Gehrig’s Disease, so he’s technically be ill for quite awhile. But I agree his current state is unfortunate and I hope for his recovery.

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