05/22/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Hawking Set to Recover From Chest Infection

Physicist Stephen Hawking was hospitalized overnight for a chest infection but his family "is looking forward" to a full recovery, Cambridge University said Tuesday. Hawking, 67, gained renown for his work on black holes and has remained active despite being diagnosed at age 21 with ALS, (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), an incurable degenerative disorder also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Hawking has been almost entirely paralyzed for years and communicates through an electronic voice synthesizer activated by his fingers. In the sequel "The Universe in a Nutshell," published in 2001, Hawking looked into concepts such as supergravity and the possibility of a universe with 11 dimensions. "He is amazingly resilient," said Andrew Fabian, the head of the Royal Astronomical Society and a professor of astronomy at Cambridge. Hawking did announce last year that he would no longer hold his post as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, a title that 18th-century physicist Isaac Newton once had. Because the university said Monday that Hawking intended to continue working as Emeritus Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, Fabian said that he thinks Hawking will "carry on and do just the same" 1
  1. Hawking's Full Recovery Expected (ABC News)
  2. Hawking Set to Recover From Chest Infection (MSNBC Science)