Professor Stephen Hawking was unable to attend his own birthday celebrations due to ill health.
While he couldn't be at the celebrations in person Hawking did send a recorded message to those attending. "Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet," he said. "Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist." The 70-year-old exceeded all expectations when he was first diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21, doctors at the time had given him just a few years to live.
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.
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