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Genius Hawking sent to hospital, seriously sick

FAMED mathematician Stephen Hawking has been rushed to a hospital and is seriously ill, Britain's Cambridge University announced yesterday.

The university said Hawking has been fighting a chest infection for several weeks, and was being treated at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

"Professor Hawking is very ill," said Gregory Hayman, the university's head of communications. "He is undergoing tests. He has been unwell for a couple of weeks."

Hawking, 67, gained renown for his work on black holes and has remained active despite being diagnosed at 21 with motor neuron disease. For years Hawking has been almost entirely paralyzed and he communicates through an electronic voice synthesizer activated by his fingers.

Hawking announced last year he would step down from his post as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the end of this academic year but he intended to keep working.


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