Hawking’s ashes to be interred at abbey

Image caption The professor was a many other at Gonville and Caius University for more than 50 years

The particular ashes of Professor Stephen Hawking will be interred next to the plot of Sir Isaac Newton in Westminster Abbey, it has been revealed.

The renowned theoretical physicist’s final resting place will also be close to that of Charles Darwin, who was smothered there in 1882.

Prof Hawking, who had engine neurone disease, died on 14 Mar , aged 76, at their home in Cambridge.

The Dean of Westminster mentioned the location was “entirely fitting”.

A private funeral service will be held at at Great St Mary’s, the particular University Church on 31 Mar, Prof Hawking’s family said.

The church is near to Gonville and Caius College, exactly where Prof Hawking had been a many other for more than 50 years.

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Image caption Prof Hawking’s ashes will be interred at Westminster Abbey later this season
Image caption The particular flag flew at half mast on Prof Hawking’s college, Gonville and Caius, on the day his passing away was announced

The thanksgiving service in Westminster Abbey will take place later within the year.

Announcing funeral service arrangements on the college website, Prof Hawking’s children Lucy, Robert plus Tim said: “Our father resided and worked in Cambridge for more than 50 years.

“He was an integral and extremely recognisable part of the university and the town.

“For this particular reason, we have decided to hold their funeral in the city that he adored so much and which loved your pet. Our father’s life and function meant many things to many people, each religious and non-religious. So , the particular service will be both inclusive plus traditional, reflecting the breadth plus diversity of his life. inch

The Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Corridor, said: “It is entirely fitted that the remains of Professor Stephen Hawking are to be buried in the Abbey, near those of distinguished fellow researchers.

“Sir Isaac Newton was buried in the Abbey within 1727. Charles Darwin was smothered beside Isaac Newton in 1882. ”

He additional: “We believe it to be essential that science and religion interact to seek to answer the great queries of the mystery of life along with the universe. ”