CNN reports that Stephen Hawking has been hospitalized and is "very ill." The world's most well-known physicist suffers from ALS, so no trip to the hospital can be taken lightly.
A quick trip to the Nobel site reveals that he is yet to win a Nobel Prize for his work. From what I have read, he has made more than enough of a contribution to deserve the Prize. (Have I been misled?) In which case, the Nobel committee would suffer an embarrassment for not recognizing his work should he pass.