Stephen Hawking is one of the most famous physicists known to the world. His principal fields of research are theoretical cosmology and quantum gravity. Sounds fascinating, doesn’t it? 🙂
Not only is Stephen Hawking the most famous physicist, he is also known for being one of the longest living people with the disease known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Its also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease” and is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord resulting in muscle weakness and atrophy. Okay, so this is far more than you needed to know, but I thought I’d let you know anyway!
According to BBC America:
Leading scientist Stephen Hawking’s condition has “improved” after being admitted to hospital with chest problems, Cambridge University says.
His employers said Professor Hawking was undergoing tests on Monday at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge.
A university spokesman said the 67-year-old, who has motor neurone disease, was now “comfortable”.
Prof Hawking, author of A Brief History of Time, has worked at Cambridge University for more than 30 years.
The world-famous physicist, who is wheelchair-bound and speaks with the aid of a voice synthesizer, had flown to the US at the end of February to the California Institute of Technology where he is a visiting scholar.
But he had not been well for some weeks and called off an appearance at Arizona State University on 6 April because of his illness.
He was flown back to the UK on Saturday and was admitted to Addenbrooke’s on Monday after being seen by a doctor.
Stephen Hawking is know for his many scientific and sometimes very controversial theories, especially his theory of black holes.
Here are some books written by Stephen Hawking: