Stephen Hawking, the world-renowned physicist and thinker who died in March, had his ashes interred on the resting place of two different legendary scientists in London’s Westminster Abbey.
His ashes had been positioned between the tombs of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin at a memorial service Friday. Hawking died at 76 from a progressive neurodegenerative illness that he lived with for many years.
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who performed Hawking in a BBC drama, gave a studying on the service, which was attended by greater than 1,000 individuals. Astronaut Tim Peak additionally offered a studying.
Hawking’s ashes had been interred within the Scientists’ Corner, a bit of the abbey that honors individuals who made vital contributions within the discipline of science, in line with The Los Angeles Times. The iconic scientist lined subjects from the nature of philosophy to the existence of extraterrestrial life. His 1988 guide, A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes, has bought greater than 10 million copies worldwide.
He was identified on the age of 21 with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a debilitating sickness that docs estimated would kill him in simply two years. But he lived for many years with the illness, utilizing a wheelchair to maneuver and a computer system to speak.
After the service, Hawking’s voice was set to be beamed into space. His phrases, which his daughter, Lucy Hawking, mentioned are a message of peace and hope, was set to music by Greek composer Vangelis.
She mentioned the recording can be beamed to the closest black gap, “which lives in a binary system with a reasonably odd orange dwarf star,” she mentioned.
When Hawking’s funeral service was held in March, hundreds of mourners lined the streets of London to pay their respects as a hearse carrying his physique drove by. The service was held “within the metropolis that he cherished a lot and which cherished him,” his household mentioned on the time.