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Stephen Hawking’s ashes to be buried in Westminster Abbey

17 June 2018, 09:05 | Justin Tyler

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Stephen Hawking's Family Will Beam His Voice Toward a Black Hole

Guests from the worlds of science and showbiz descended upon Westminster Abbey to pay tribute to Professor Stephen Hawking at a memorial service in honour of the scientist.

As part of the ceremony, a recording of Hawking's words was set to music by Vangelis, the Greek composer who created the theme music for the 1981 film "Chariots of Fire".

"Black holes ain't as black as they are painted", Dr. Hawking once said in a lecture, characteristically describing complicated physics in ordinary language.

One thousand members of the public, from more than 100 countries, were offered the opportunity to attend the service, after a ballot attracted 25,000 applications for tickets.

A private funeral service was held in March in Cambridge, where Hawking lived and worked for decades.

Prayers were led by the Reverend Mark Birch, minor canon and sacrist, and said by the Reverend Dr Cally Hammond, dean of Gonville & Caius College, his ex-wife Jane Hawking, Elinor Tatum, University of Cambridge vice-chancellor Professor Stephen J Toope OC, and the Reverend Jane Sinclair, canon in residence.

Hawking was also a pop culture icon, appearing in several TV series playing himself, including "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and American cartoon sitcom "The Simpsons".

An address will be given by Astronomer Royal Martin Rees, while Prof Hawking's collaborator and Nobel prize victor Kip Thorne will give a tribute.

"He absolutely refused to let his physical disability get in the way of doing great science or get in the way of having great fun", Thorne said.

Hawking's children thanked the abbey for the "distinguished" final resting place for their father.

The ashes were interred in Scientists' Corner, a section of the Abbey dedicated to those who have made significant breakthroughs.

Friday's service attended by family, friends and colleagues will celebrate not only his achievements as a scientist, but also his character and endurance living with a devastating illness.

Check Westminster Abbey's website and Twitter account for video, audio and pictures from the service, as well as a PDF version of the memorial program.

FILE - In this August 29, 2012 file photo, British physicist, Professor Stephen Hawking during the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Paralympics in London.

Benedict Cumberbatch, actor, read Wisdom 7: 15-24, and Lucy Hawking, daughter, read Romans 12: 9-21.

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