Professor Stephen Hawking, an Oxford-educated scientist, is expected to safely recover from chest infection.

The physicist, who has motor neuron disease, has been rushed in an ambulance to a hospital earlier this week. This is because the infection he has had for two weeks has worsened. His state was described as “very ill”.

However, he is now expected to fully recover.

Cambridge University’s spokesperson said, “Professor Hawking remains in hospital. But he is in a comfortable condition and is expected to make a full recovery.”

Professor Hawking fell ill on a speaking tour of the United States. His condition has not improved since he returned home.

The scientist had been scheduled to speak at Oxford Union this term, but has since pulled out.