Stephen Hawking died on March 14, 2018, at his home in the city of Cambridge where he spent around 50 years. According to the Westminster Abbey’s website, the remains of one of the most celebrated physicist will be interred at Abbey alongside great scientists like Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin. Hawking’s daughter mentioned how her father stayed in Cambridge for over 50 years and became an integral part of the city.
She quoted that the ashes of her father will be entombed in Westminster Abbey in Cambridge, the city which he loved the most. Hawking’s life and path-breaking work in physics meant a lot to people both religious and non-religious and that is why the thanksgiving service along with funeral will be a traditional and inclusive affair that will reflect the diversity of his life. Dr. John Hall, Dean of Westminster added that this place is befitting to inter the remains of Hawking as this is the place where Sir Isaac Newton was buried when he died in 1727. Then, Charles Darwin who proposed and explained the theory of evolution and natural selection who died in 1882 who cremated alongside Sir Isaac Newton.
Stephen Hawking was born in 1942 in Oxford, England which is the 300th death anniversary of physicist and astronomer Galileo Galilei. Hawking did a remarkable job in the field of physics such as the Hawking-Penrose theory where Hawking was able to merge the quantum theory and Einstein’s theory of relativity with the help of physicist Roger Penrose. The theory suggested that space and time began with the Big Bang and it would end in black holes.
Later, he published a number of books on physics, space, and his own life thereby probing millions of young minds to join the league of space explorer. His book ‘A Brief History of Time’ sold more than 10 million copies.
Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) disease back in 1963 when he was 21. Doctors suggested a life expectancy of 2 to 3 years, however, Hawking managed to pull it off pretty well being alive for more than five decades after the diagnosis. Although he became fully paralyzed and dependent on a wheelchair for mobility, a synthetic voice for speech, he fought the neurodegenerative disease and upscaled as one of the greatest theoretical physicists of all-time after he decided to come out of depression and invest his time in physics and make a sound career out of it.
He stated that he tries to live a normal life neglecting the fact that he is suffering from such a disease. Even before dying, he submitted the last revision of his paper on the parallel universe which is due to publish in a leading science journal and presently under review. Upon his death, many scientists and personalities gathered to pay condolences and paid tribute to him. Neil DeGrasse Tyson stated that Hawking’s death has left a void.