Hawking to be interred next to Newton at Westminster Abbey


Blackleaf
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Stephen Hawking is to become the latest of illustrious Britons to be interred at Westminster Abbey in London.

The ashes of Professor Stephen Hawking will be interred next to the grave of Sir Isaac Newton, it has been revealed.

The renowned theoretical physicist's final resting place will also be near that of Charles Darwin, who was buried there in 1882.

Prof Hawking, who had motor neurone disease, died on 14 March, aged 76, at his home in Cambridge.

The Dean of Westminster said the location was "entirely fitting".

In being interred at Westminster Abbey, he joins 18 English, Scottish and British monarchs and 11 consorts; PMs and other politicians including Attlee, Bevin, Pitt the Younger, Canning, Gladstone and Chamberlain; several fellow scientists including Newton and Darwin; engineers including Robert Stephenson; writers including Dickens, Chaucer and Kipling; and composers such as Handel.

Stephen Hawking's ashes to be interred near Sir Isaac Newton's grave


20 March 2018
BBC News


The professor was a fellow at Gonville and Caius College for more than 50 years

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

The renowned theoretical physicist's final resting place will also be near that of Charles Darwin, who was buried there in 1882.

Prof Hawking, who had motor neurone disease, died on 14 March, aged 76, at his home in Cambridge.

The Dean of Westminster said the location was "entirely fitting".

A private funeral service will take place at Great St Mary's, the University Church on 31 March, Prof Hawking's family said.

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


Prof Hawking's ashes will be interred at Westminster Abbey later this year Image caption


The flag flew at half mast on Prof Hawking's college, Gonville and Caius, on the day his death was announced


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

Announcing funeral arrangements on the college website, Prof Hawking's children Lucy, Robert and Tim said: "Our father lived and worked in Cambridge for over 50 years.

"He was an integral and highly recognisable part of the university and the city.

"For this reason, we have decided to hold his funeral in the city that he loved so much and which loved him. Our father's life and work meant many things to many people, both religious and non-religious. So, the service will be both inclusive and traditional, reflecting the breadth and diversity of his life."

The Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, said: "It is entirely fitting that the remains of Professor Stephen Hawking are to be buried in the Abbey, near those of distinguished fellow scientists.

"Sir Isaac Newton was buried in the Abbey in 1727. Charles Darwin was buried beside Isaac Newton in 1882."

He added: "We believe it to be vital that science and religion work together to seek to answer the great questions of the mystery of life and of the universe."

Stephen Hawking's ashes to be interred near Sir Isaac Newton's grave - BBC News
 
Tecumsehsbones
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How do you feel about cripples, Blackshirt? We know you hate non-whites and women, but are cripples worth what the lefty socialist nanny state spends on them? Or do you favour a T4 programme?
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

How do you feel about cripples, Blackshirt? We know you hate non-whites and women, but are cripples worth what the lefty socialist nanny state spends on them? Or do you favour a T4 programme?

Cripples definitely shouldn't be buried at Westminster Abbey, unless they become King or Queen, make some astounding scientific discoveries or write a good play.
 
Curious Cdn
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Hawking was an athiest!

So might have been Newton for all that we know.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

Hawking was an athiest!

So he was in for a shock after his death.

Quote:

So might have been Newton for all that we know.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reli...f_Isaac_Newton
 
Blackleaf
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Prof Stephen Hawking Cambridge funeral to take place

BBC News
31 March 2018


The visionary scientist Professor Stephen Hawking died at his home in Cambridge at the age of 76


The funeral of renowned theoretical physicist Prof Stephen Hawking will take place later in Cambridge.

Prof Hawking, who had motor neurone disease, died on 14 March, aged 76, at his home in the city.

Up to 500 invited family, friends and colleagues are expected at the private service being held at the university church, Great St Mary's, at 14:00.

Prof Hawking's ashes will be interred next to the grave of Sir Isaac Newton at Westminster Abbey in June.

Although the professor's funeral is private, crowds are expected to gather outside Great St Mary's in the centre of Cambridge to witness the arrival of the funeral cortege on Saturday afternoon.

The funeral will be followed by a private reception at Trinity College.


Prof Hawking enjoyed dining at Gonville and Caius College where he was a fellow


The professor was photographed clutching his college's teddy bear mascot

While no full road closures are planned, traffic will be held briefly in parts of Cambridge as the funeral cortege passes from the professor's home in the west of the city to King's Parade and the area around Great St Mary's Church.

There is likely to be increased congestion, the university has said.

A condolence book, which was opened on the morning of Prof Hawking's death, will be available to members of the public in the porters' lodge of Gonville and Caius College where he was a fellow for more than 50 years.


The funeral will take place at the university church, Great St Mary's



A condolence book will be available for members of the public to sign

A service of thanksgiving for his life will take place at Westminster Abbey in London on 15 June during which time the professor's ashes will be interred next to the grave of Sir Isaac Newton who was buried there in 1727, and close to that of Charles Darwin, who was buried in 1882.

The Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, said it was "entirely fitting" the professor's final resting place should be "near those of distinguished fellow scientists".

Prof Stephen Hawking Cambridge funeral to take place - BBC News
 
Blackleaf
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Crowds gathered as the funeral of renowned theoretical physicist Prof Stephen Hawking took place.

Prof Hawking, who had motor neurone disease, died on 14 March, aged 76, at his home in Cambridge.

Actor Eddie Redmayne was one of several speakers at a service at the university church, Great St Mary's.

The professor's eldest son Robert, former student Prof Fay Dowker and Astronomer Royal Martin Rees also gave addresses to the congregation.



As the funeral cortege arrived at the church, the bells rang out 76 times - once for each year of Prof Hawking's life.

Hundreds of people gathered outside applauded as the hearse carrying the professor pulled up.

An arrangement of white lilies, to represent the universe, and another of white roses representing the polar star was placed on top of his coffin.

It was carried into the church by six porters from Gonville and Caius College, where Prof Hawking was a fellow for more than 50 years.

The porters, who often assisted him when he visited the college for formal dinners, were asked to be pallbearers by his family.

Up to 500 invited family, friends and colleagues were invited to the private service.

Among those inside the church was Eddie Redmayne, who played the role of the professor in the 2014 biographical drama The Theory of Everything.

He read from Ecclesiastes 3.1-11, while eulogies were delivered by Robert Hawking and Prof Dowker.

The service was officiated by the Reverend Dr Cally Hammond, Dean of Gonville and Caius College.

Other guests seen arriving at the service were Queen guitarist Brian May and actress Anita Dobson, and television presenter and comedian Dara O Briain.

Entrepreneur Elon Musk and playwright Alan Bennett had also been on the guest list.


Jane Hawking, the professor's first wife, and their son, Timothy, attended

Prof Stephen Hawking Cambridge funeral takes place - BBC News