Stephen Hawking's voice beamed into space at final send-off

Cesar Mills
June 17, 2018

Hawking's ashes were interred in the Scientists' Corner in Westminster Abbey and then fittingly covered with a gravestone etched with the equation he used to theorize that black holes are not completely black but faintly leak thermal radiation. His message was described by Lucy Hawking, Stephen's daughter to the BBC.

The service was conducted by the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster, who said in his bidding: "We come to celebrate the life and achievements of Stephen Hawking in this holy place where God has been worshipped for over a thousand years and where kings and queens and the great men and women of our national history and global influence are memorialised".

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". They go on to remind us that Stephen Hawking was the type of person who would probably enjoy the gesture as black holes were his main fascination. Word has now surfaced that Hawking's family plans to do something that the scientist would have certainly found to be very cool.

Hawking's family, friends, and 1,000 members of the public attended a thanksgiving service at Westminster Abbey, London, which started at midday local time on Friday.

Hawking, who died at 76 after a lifelong battle against terminal motor neuron disease, was a groundbreaking physicist and mathematician. His book "A Brief History of Time" sold 9 million copies - even if many readers didn't finish it - and he appeared on "Star Trek: The Next Generation", "The Big Bang Theory" and "The Simpsons".

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Sir Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal, noted that Hawking's mortal remains will lie beside those of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.

More than 3,000 people have been buried or commemorated at London's Westminster Abbey, one of the capital's most historic and recognized landmarks.

Benedict Cumberbatch, astronaut Tim Peake and Piers Morgan were among those who attended the service. "I have so much I want to do first", he said.

FILE - In this August 29, 2012 file photo, British physicist, Professor Stephen Hawking during the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Paralympics in London. A memorial service and the interment will happen today, June 15 according to Telegraph.

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