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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