The ashes of One of Britain’s greatest scientists Stephen Hawking will be laid aside his colleagues gone before him today in Westminster Abbey, between the graves of Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton.
Expected at the funeral thanksgiving of the late physicist, who died in March aged 76 after decades living with motor neuron disease, are scores of people from all walks of life who will all converge to pay their last respects to one of the greatest scientists who ever walked the earth.
Readings at the service will be done by actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who played Hawking in a BBC drama, and astronaut Tim Peake.
Much after, the words of Hawkins which was set to music by Greek composer Vangelis, will be beamed into space from a European Space Agency satellite dish in Spain. According to Hawking’s daughter, Lucy, the music would be aimed at “the nearest black hole, 1A 0620-00.”
Hawking, who has one of the highest IQ scores documented, developed Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis at age 21 while studying cosmology at Cambridge, but despite being confined to a wheelchair he continued to dedicate his life to physics. Hawking’s chief theory is that black holes should emit radiation, which is known as Hawking radiation. His popular science book, “A Brief History of Time,” has made science accessible to everyone.