Published: Mon, April 02, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

Stephen Hawking mourned at his funeral

Stephen Hawking mourned at his funeral

Some 500 invited guests were gathering for the private funeral of famed British scientist Stephen Hawking.

Professor Hawking studied at the university in his younger years and was awarded the prestigious title of Lucasian professor of mathematics in 1979 by the university.

In a statement released ahead of Saturday's service his children said they chose to hold the funeral "in the city that he loved so much and which loved him".

The private funeral service for renowned genius Stephen Hawking was held last Saturday, March 20.

Hawking now lies next to 17th-century mathematical scientist Isaac Newton and near 19th-century evolutionary scientist Charles Darwin.

Actor Eddie Redmayne, who played Hawking in the 2014 biographical drama, and won an Oscar for the role, "The Theory of Everything", gave a Bible reading from Ecclesiastes during the service.

Hawking's eldest son Robert, Astronomer Royal Martin Rees, and former student Fay Dowker gave Hawking's eulogy, the BBC reported.

Actor Eddie Redmayne who will be giving a reading seated seven rows back waiting for the service to begin
The Theory of Everything actress 33 has also starred in Star Wars and studied at Oxford University

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

The funeral cortege arrived as the church bell pealed 76 times, one chime for every year of the cosmologist's life.

The church, which can seat up to 1,200 people, is near to Gonville and Caius College, where Hawking was a fellow for 52 years.

They showed him playing croquet and in a sailing dinghy, two years before he began experiencing the first symptoms of the disease that would later leave him nearly completely paralysed.

The scientist, confined for decades to a wheelchair and voice synthesizer because of the disease ALS, was known for his charisma, curiosity, and a crackling sense of humour.

One of the more memorable quotes he's known for: "Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet". His work ranged from the origins of the universe itself, through time travel and probing black holes in space.

He gained worldwide attention for his book "A Brief History of Time" which explored the theory of black holes and time warps.

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