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Stephen Hawking's ashes to be interred at Westminster Abbey

22 March 2018

British scientist Stephen Hawking's last home will be next to some of the greatest scientists of all time, as his ashes will be buried in the Westminster Abbey, near Newton's and Darwin's graves. Then, Charles Darwin who proposed and explained the theory of evolution and natural selection who died in 1882 who cremated alongside Sir Isaac Newton.

He died aged 76 on March 14, the day that would have been Einstein's 139 birthday.

Hawkings 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". His family has announced that his funeral will be on Easter Saturday at Great St Mary's, the University Church in Cambridge.

Westminster Abbey said it will hold a Service of Thanksgiving for Hawking later this year, during which his ashes will be interred. The church is close to Gonville and Caius College, where the physicist had been a fellow for more than 50 years.

The University of California Professor Emeritus said he does not doubt the severity of Hawking's neuromuscular disease, but indicated that it may not have been ALS.

"Our father's life and work meant many things to many people, both religious and non-religious".

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Although his disease left him paralysed and using a wheelchair for mobility, Hawking said on his website he had tried not to let it affect the way he lived his life.

The service will be both inclusive and traditional, reflecting the diversity of Professor Hawking's life.

Other famous scientists buried and memorialised at Westminster include atomic physicists Ernest Rutherford in 1937, and Joseph John Thomson in 1940.

Hawking's achievements are too many to list, but his tireless work in the fields of physics and cosmology have had a huge impact on scientific research efforts for decades, and his findings will continue to make an impact for untold centuries to come.

Hawking also communicated scientists' evolving view of the universe's nature and history to the public, in a number of best-selling popular-science books.

Stephen Hawking will spend eternity in the company of some other tremendously influential English scientists.

Stephen Hawking's ashes to be interred at Westminster Abbey