The family of the renowned theoretical physicist said the farewell to the scientist, as thousands of people were gathered in the streets of Cambridge for the funeral.
Stephen Hawking left this world peacefully when he was at his home earlier this month. Stephen Hawking and his family are atheists, but they gave him funeral in the church to give his friends in the city a chance to pay tribute to the late scientist. The family was pictured in tears while they were leaving the church.
Great St Mary’s Church is the name of the church where the service of his funeral took place.
People gathered for paying their respects to the world-renowned scientist. People close to him gave emotional speeches. His body was cremated and his ashes will be interred next to the resting place of Sir Isaac Newton at Westminster Abbey and near Charles Darwin’s. A place he very much deserves.
Stephen Hawking’s children, Lucy, Robert, and Tim, said in a statement: ‘Our father lived and worked in Cambridge for over 50 years.
‘He was an integral and highly recognizable part of the university and the city.
‘For this reason, we have decided to hold his funeral in the city that he loved so much and which loved him. Our father’s life and work meant many things to many people, both religious and non-religious. So, the service will be both inclusive and traditional, reflecting the breadth and diversity of his life.’
The Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr. John Hall, said: ‘It is entirely fitting that the remains of Professor Stephen Hawking are to be buried in the Abbey, near those of distinguished fellow scientists.
Stephen Hawking died at the age of 76, he lived a long life despite a motor neuron disease and he will be remembered like the great scientists his remains are put with.