Stephen Hawking misses second 70th birthday party
British scientist Stephen Hawking was forced to miss a second celebration of his 70th birthday due to illness, organisers said late Thursday.
But he was not well enough to attend the event on Thursday, just as he missed a special debate held in his honour at Cambridge University earlier this month following a spell in hospital.
His daughter, Lucy Hawking, told the audience: "It's really sad that he can't be here this evening. He would have loved to have been here with you all."
Lucy Hawking accepted a special gift for her father from the Science Museum's inventor-in-residence, Mark Champkins, an illuminated model depicting spirals of light falling into a black hole entitled "black hole light."
The museum, which the scientist describes as "one of my favourite places," on Friday opened a new exhibition of his life and achievements.
It includes objects and papers from the professor's archives including notes, the annotated script for a 1999 guest appearance on "The Simpsons" and the blue suit he wore for a zero-gravity flight in 2007.
Hawking's fame moved beyond academia in 1988 with the publication of his book "A Brief History of Time" explaining the nature of the universe to non-scientists, which sold millions of copies worldwide.
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