Stephen Hawking’s Ashes To Be Buried Next To Charles Darwin And Sir Isaac Newton
Stephen Hawking is taking his rightful place among the titans of scientific pioneering as his ashes will be laid to rest next to Charles Darwin and Sir Isaac Newton.
The famed theoretical astrophysicist, who died on March 14, will have his ashes interred at Westminster Abbey.
Dean of Westminster Abbey John Hall made the announcement on Tuesday, releasing a statement to Abbey’s website praising Hawking’s contributions to the world of science.
“It is entirely fitting that the remains of Professor Stephen Hawking are to be buried in the Abbey, near those of distinguished fellow scientists,” Hall shared. “We believe it to be vital that science and religion work together to seek to answer the great questions of the mystery of life and of the universe.”
Newton, who was buried at the Abbey in 1727, is best known for revolutionizing the study of the natural world and laying the groundwork for the study of physics and classical mechanics with his 1687 book Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica.
Charles Darwin, who was buried next to Newton in 1882, was a famed naturalist and geologist who changed the study of the human species with his once-controversial 1859 text On the Origin of Species, which first presented his theory of evolution by means of natural selection.
BBC reports Hawking’s family will first hold a memorial service at the University of Cambridge’s church, Great St Mary’s, on March 31. His ashes will be interred later this year.
Hawking died on March 14 at his home in Cambridge, England. He was 76.
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