Colleagues, stars hail Stephen Hawking at Cambridge funeral
02 April, 2018, 11:04 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
Hawking died on March 14.
Eddie Redmayne, the actor who played Professor Hawking in the 2014 film "The theory of everything" was one of the readers in the ceremony and Felicity Jones, who played his wife, Jane Hawking in the film also attended the service.
Martin Rees, who now holds the position of Britain'sAstronomer Royal, also delivered a reading; family members and a former student of Hawking's delivered eulogies. "I never thought I would get so far".
The church where Saturday's private funeral service was held is near to Gonville and Caius College. Reports claim that each porter was a personal friend of Hawking, regularly assisting him when he visited the college throughout his life. He was an integral and highly recognisable part of the university and the city.
An arrangement of white lilies, to represent the universe, and another of white roses representing the polar star was placed on top of his coffin.
When the funeral procession arrived, St. Mary the Great's bell tolled 76 times, one for each of the professor's life, who was diagnosed with motor neuron disease in his 20s and was soon forced to use a wheelchair and eventually a speech synthesizer.
A thanksgiving service will be held at Westminster Abbey in London on June 15, when Hawking's remains will be buried near the grave of another legendary scientist, Isaac Newton.
His family, including his three children, followed the hearse which was carrying his coffin.
"We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today". This college has been an academic home for over 50 years of Hawking, his funeral done at a very personal level. "His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world".
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