In Cambridge took leave with Stephen Hawking


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March 14 at the age of 76 years died the eminent English theoretical physicist, cosmologist and science popularizer Stephen Hawking. In Cambridge held a memorial service, attended by friends and relatives of Hawking, and British actor Eddie Redmayne, who played him in the biographical film of 2014 “the universe Stephen Hawking”.

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Farewell to the Hawking was held in St. Mary’s Church on the territory of the University of Cambridge, where Hawking for more than 50 years, he led their research activities. He explained to the audience the complex scientific theories through popular books, one of which is “a brief history of time”.

Ashes of Stephen Hawking will be buried in London’s Westminster Abbey near the graves of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.

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When pulled up to the Church the funeral cortege with the remains of Stephen Hawking, rang the bell. Sounded, 76 strikes, which is equal to the number of years of life of a theoretical physicist. Behind the hearse was followed by family and friends, including his children — Lucy, Robert and Tim. As soon as the train stopped, people came to say goodbye to Hawking, erupted with applause.

The coffin was decorated with flower arrangements, each of which meant something was so interested in Hawking, one of white lilies, which portrayed a universe, the other of white roses, representing the North star. The coffin in the Church has made six porters from University College Gonville & Keyes.

“Our father lived and worked in Cambridge for over 50 years. He was an integral and prominent part of life in the city”, — stated in the statement of the children of Stephen Hawking. Therefore, we decided to hold a memorial service in the city that he loved and who loved him. The life and work of our father meant a lot to many people, both religious and not religious.”

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Only at the memorial service were over 500, which was a British actor Eddie Redmayne, who played him in the biographical film of 2014 “the universe Stephen Hawking”. At the service he read a passage from the book of Ecclesiastes (3.1-11), which States that “man cannot find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.”

Redmayne was not the only star who attended the service. Were also invited the rock musician, the guitarist of Queen Brian may, actress Anita Dobson and the Irish comedian and broadcaster Dara O Brien. The guest list also included the names Elon musk and playwright Alan Bennett.

A prominent English theoretical physicist, cosmologist and science popularizer Stephen Hawking has become one of the most respected and well-known scientists of his time, in spite of the severe neurodegenerative disease. He died March 14 at his home in Cambridge, at the age of 76 years.