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Unwell Hawking misses 70th birthday celebrations


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British scientist Stephen Hawking has had to miss a symposium to mark his 70th birthday because of ill health.

Professor Hawking was discharged from hospital only on Friday, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, vice-chancellor of Cambridge University, told the event.

A recorded speech was played to the symposium, at the university, instead.

In it, Prof Hawking, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease aged 21, urged the continued exploration of space "for the future of humanity".

He used his talk, entitled A Brief History of Mine, to warn that the human race would not "survive another thousand years" without beginning to colonise other parts of space.

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I agree it shocking his contributions haven't been appropriately acknowledged.

I appreciate this video isn't very respectful of his genius but it is amusing...


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