Stephen Hawking to be buried near graves of Isaac Newton & Charles Darwin

by Steven Clarke March 22, 2018, 2:27
Stephen Hawking to be buried near graves of Isaac Newton & Charles Darwin

Professor Hawking's family announced a private funeral service will be held on Easter Saturday at Great St Mary's, the university church at Cambridge, to honour the decades-long connection he had with the area. The church is close to Gonville and Caius College, where Prof Hawking had been a fellow for more than 50 years.

The Astor Theatre will host a cinematic tribute to the world-renowned physicist, cosmologist, and author, Stephen Hawking after he passed away on March 18.

"Other famous scientists are buried or memorialised nearby, the most recent burials being those of atomic physicists Ernest Rutherford in 1937 and Joseph John Thomson in 1940", Mr Hall said. Hawking's life and path-breaking work in physics meant a lot to people both religious and non-religious and that is why the thanksgiving service along with funeral will be a traditional and inclusive affair that will reflect the diversity of his life.

British physicist Hawking died aged 76 on March 14 after a cosmic career in which his mental genius transcended his physical disability.

Hawking's daughter mentioned how her father stayed in Cambridge for over 50 years and became an integral part of the city.

Following Professor Hawking 's death, Cambridge University described the PhD alumnus as "an inspiration to millions". It says his family has "decided to hold his funeral in the city that he loved so much and which loved him". "I try to lead as normal a life as possible, and not think about my condition, or regret the things it prevents me from doing, which are not that many", he wrote on his website.

Several kings and queens are buried in the abbey, along with eight British prime ministers.

"He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. Charles Darwin was buried beside Isaac Newton in 1882", said the dean of Westminster, John Hall.

The last significant ashes to be buried at the abbey were those of the actor Laurence Olivier in 1989.

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