Acclaimed British physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking has been undergoing tests at Rome's Policlinico Gemelli hospital, where he is receiving treatment for a breathing problem, Adnkronos has learned.
The 74-year-old scientist was admitted to the Policlinico Gemelli's Nemo Centre for neuromuscular diseases. He suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a form of motor neuron disease and is unable to move or speak.
Hawking travelled to Rome for a meeting at the Vatican of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences from 25-29 November, where he met Pope Francis.
The 2014 Oscar-winning film The Theory of Everything portrays the remarkable life of Hawking, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease when he was a 21-year-old student at Cambridge University.
Hawking is not the first internationally renowned intellect to seek treatment at the Policlinico Gemelli. In August, the Nobel prize-winning economist Amartya Sen's wife was admitted to the hospital for an urgent operation.
The Policlinico Gemelli earned praise from Sen, who said the treatment his wife had received there was as good as that of any private American hospital.