Stephen Hawking Hospitalized, Expected to Make Full Recovery
Stephen Hawking entered Addenbrookes Hospital on April 20 to treat a chest infection. The world-renowned physicist, who suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), is "comfortable," according to the hospital. Hawking is perhaps most famous for his bestselling book "A Brief History of Time," as well as an appearance on "The Simpsons."Stephen Hawking was admitted to a Cambridge hospital April 20 in "very ill" condition related to a chest infection. According to a statement issued by Cambridge University, the famous physicist is now comfortable, "and his family is looking forward to him making a full recovery." Hawking is perhaps most famous for his bestselling book "A Brief History of Time," a tome for the popular audience that tackles the big questions of physics in an accessible way. Hawking has also become a fixture within pop culture ,and he has made numerous appearances on television shows as diverse as the "The Simpsons" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation."
The 67-year-old physicist has spent most of his life affected by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, which has almost completely paralyzed his body and requires that he communicate through an electronic voice synthesizer. He was originally diagnosed in 1963.