- Title: FILE - Stephen Hawking hospitalised in Rome for checks
- Date: 2nd December 2016
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (FILE - DECEMBER 16, 2015) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** STEPHEN HAWKING WITH OTHER SCIENTISTS (FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: CHEMISTRY NOBEL WINNER, HAROLD KROTO, FIRST HUMAN TO CONDUCT A SPACEWALK, ALEXEI LEONOV, ETHOLOGIST, RICHARD DAWKINS, ASTROPHYSICIST AND 'QUEEN' MUSICIAN, BRIAN MAY AND ASTROPHYSICIST GARIK ISRAELIAN POSING FOR PHOTOS VARIOUS OF HAWKING BEING WHEELED TOWARDS STAGE LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - DECEMBER 9, 2014) (REUTERS) THEORETICAL PHYSICIST STEPHEN HAWKING WITH BRITISH ACTOR EDDIE REDMAYNE AT PREMIERE OF 'THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING'
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British physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking has been hospitalised in Rome for checks after not feeling well but his condition is not believed to be serious, a spokesman said on Friday (December 2).
Hawking, 74, who was in Rome to attend a conference at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and met Pope Francis on Monday (November 28), was taken to Rome's Gemelli hospital on Thursday (December 1).
Both the spokesman and a Vatican source said Hawking, who suffers from motor neuron disease, was not believed to be in a serious condition. The Vatican source said plans for Hawking and his entourage to leave on Saturday (December 3) had not been changed.
Hawking, author of "A Brief History of Time," speaks through a computer and travels with a staff that includes two nurses. He gave a talk at the Vatican on Nov. 25 on the origin of the universe.
The Gemelli is considered one of Rome's best hospitals and is where popes are treated.
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