Funeral of Stephen Hawking to be held in Cambridge on Easter Saturday

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The church is close to Gonville and Caius College where Hawking had been a Fellow for more than 50 years.

The ashes of British physicist Stephen Hawking will be interred at Westminster Abbey in London, near the graves of fellow scientists Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton.

The remains of the legendary physicist and icon, who died last week, will be laid in the church during a thanksgiving service later this year, the abbey said.

Professor Stephen Hawking has died aged 76.Professor Hawking was was responsible for numerous breakthroughs in physics and cosmology.

Propelled to stardom by his 1988 book "A Brief History of Time", an unlikely worldwide bestseller, Hawking's genius and wit won over fans from far beyond the rarefied world of astrophysics.

PROFESSOR Stephen Hawking is set to spend eternity alongside his scientific hero Sir Isaac Newton.

The private service, open to friends, family and colleagues, will be held at 2pm and is to be followed by a private reception at Trinity College.


The statement released by his children also drew attention to the "huge gratitude" for all the "wonderful" tributes to their father in the past few days. "He was an integral and highly recognisable part of the university and the city", they said in a statement.

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".

Professor Hawking passed away peacefully at his home in Cambridge in the early hours of Wednesday morning. His health had been deteriorating since the New Year.

Since his death, several thousand people have flocked to Gonville & Caius to sign a book of condolence with heartfelt messages.

And he did all of this while battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, which robbed Hawking of most of his motor function over the years.

He eventually became confined to a wheelchair and dependent on a computerised voice system for communication.

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