Hawking gets name honour
College Station - A new auditorium in Texas A&M's two new physics buildings has been named for renowned British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking.
Hawking attended a dedication ceremony on Monday at the school about 160km northwest of Houston. Hawking first came to A&M in 1995 and has visited regularly since 2003.
He lent his name to the new auditorium, while Texas oilman George Mitchell donated $35m of the nearly $83m price tag for the physics buildings.
Hawking greeted the dedication ceremony with "Howdy", the university's official greeting, in the synthesised voice created by the computer on his wheelchair.
The 68-year-old scientist has an incurable degenerative disorder commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease that has left him almost completely paralysed.