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Hawking Unable To Attend 70th Birthday Celebration
2012-01-09 05:25:51

A special conference held to honor Stephen Hawking's 70th birthday went on without the guest of honor Sunday, as the professor and physicist was forced to cancel his appearance after being hospitalized for an unidentified infection last week. According to the Associated Press (AP), University of Cambridge Vice Chancellor Leszek Borysiewicz told those in attendance, "Unfortunately, his recovery has not been fast enough for him to be able to be here“¦ If you're listening...

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2009-04-21 08:35:00

Cambridge University said Tuesday that physicist Stephen Hawking's family expects him to recover fully from a chest infection that has left him hospitalized. Hawking was taken to a local hospital in Cambridge on Monday.  He is 67 years old and suffers from an illness that has him wheel-chair bound and almost completely paralyzed.  Hawking communicates through an electronic voice synthesizer activated by his fingers. He is now "being kept in observation" at the hospital after being...

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2008-10-24 12:25:00

Renowned cosmologist Stephen Hawking will retire from his prominent Cambridge University position at the end of the academic year in September, but plans to continue his study of space and time, the university said Friday. Hawking is Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, a position once held by the distinguished 18th century physicist Isaac Newton. Cambridge University policy requires officeholders to retire at the end of the academic year in which they turn 67 years old, a milestone Hawking...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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