The family of British cosmologist Stephen Hawking, recently announced about the private funeral of Late Stephen Hawking. It will take place at Cambridge’s church on March 31 and the final resting place for his ashes will be next to fellow scientists Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin at Westminster Abbey. One of the world’s most famous scientists, who died peacefully at his home in Cambridge aged 76 on March 14, will receive an “inclusive and traditional” funeral ceremony at Great St Mary’s, the University Church in Cambridge, on Easter Saturday. Also Read - Air Travel Latest News: British Airways Announces Flights to London From These 4 Cities From August 17
The dean of Westminster, John Hall said, “It is entirely fitting that the remains of Professor Stephen Hawking are to be buried in the Abbey, near those of distinguished fellow scientists. Sir Isaac Newton was buried in the Abbey in 1727. Charles Darwin was buried beside Isaac Newton in 1882. We believe it to be vital that science and religion work together to seek to answer the great questions of the mystery of life and of the universe.” Also read: Interesting Stephen Hawking Quotes That Will Continue To Inspire Us Also Read - Secret Graffiti Artist 'Banksy' Auctions Three Paintings For Children's Hospital in Bethlehem, Artworks Fetch £2.2 Million
Other famous scientists buried in the Abbey in the heart of London include atomic physicists Ernest Rutherford in 1937 and Joseph John Thomson in 1940. Hawking had been eventually given the prestigious title of Lucasian professor of mathematics at Cambridge a position once held by Newton having arrived in 1962 as a PhD student. While a date for the thanksgiving ceremony at the Abbey is yet to be decided, the funeral date has been confirmed as March 31. Hawking’s children, Lucy, Robert and Tim said they chose to hold the funeral in Cambridge in recognition that it is the city their father “loved so much and which loved him”. Also Read - Mumbai-Born Dimpy Bhalotia Wins Photographer of the Year at the 2020 iPhone Photography Awards For 'Flying Boys'
The most renowned physicist and our favorite professor died due to the complications amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21. Hawking was an inspiration to millions. Also read: Stephen Hawking: Interesting Facts You Must Know
The church is close to Gonville and Caius College, where Hawking had been a Fellow for more than 50 years. The college opened a book of condolence on the morning the physicist’s death was announced and that, and an online version, now contains thousands of messages from across the world. A private reception will be held after the funeral service at Trinity College, Cambridge, attended by family, friends and colleagues.