Mathematician Hawking 'Very Ill'

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 20, 2009 10:38 AM CDT
Astrophysicist Stephen Hawking is seen in a 2007 photo.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Cambridge University says famed mathematician Stephen Hawking was rushed to the hospital today and is "very ill." The university said Hawking had been fighting a chest infection for several weeks. Hawking, 67, gained fame for his work on black holes, and has remained active despite being stricken with motor neurone disease as a young man. For some years, Hawking has been almost entirely paralyzed, and he communicates through an electronic device activated by his fingers.