A public funeral for the famous physicist Stephen Hawking took place on Saturday at the Great St. Mary's Church in Cambridge, with Eddie Redmayne, who won an Oscar for Hawking in "The Theory of Everything" among the paid Your respect.
Redmayne read a reading from the book Ecclesiastes while serving near the University of Cambridge, where Hawking earned his doctorate and served as professor and research director for over 50 years.
"We've lost a really beautiful spirit, an amazing scientist, and the funniest man I've ever met," the actor said in a statement on Hawking's death on March 13.
Astronomer Royal Martin Reese also read while Hawking's eldest son, Robert, gave the eulogy with one of his former students. Others attending the funeral included Tesla boss Elon Musk, actress Lily Cole, and James Bond film producer Barbara Broccoli.
Although Hawking was an outspoken atheist, his family decided to hold a traditional funeral service to pay their respects. Thousands of people gathered outside in the streets of Cambridge to watch the procession.
"Our father's life and work meant many people, religious as well as non-religious, so the service will be both inclusive and traditional, reflecting the breadth and diversity of his life," Hawking's wrote Children in a statement to The Telegraph.
"Our father lived and worked in Cambridge for over 50 years, he was an integral and very recognizable part of the university and the city, so we decided to hold his funeral in the city he loved and loved so much who loved him. "
Despite the diagnosis of a motor neurone disease at the age of 21 and of physicians that he had two years to live, Hawking went on to live to age 76, pioneering discoveries on the nature of black To make holes and the origin of the universe. With a computer operated on a single cheek muscle to speak in the later stages of his life, Hawking became one of the most famous scientists in the world with the publication of his famous book "A Brief History of Time".
Hawking also had a large presence in pop culture, in shows such as "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "The Simpsons," "The Big Bang Theory," and "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. "
In 2014, his career and his relationship with his former wife, Jane, became the foundation of the movie" The Theory of Everything. " The body began to fail as his scientific career began, earning him the Oscar for Best Actor while the film received four other nominations, including Best Picture.
Hawking's body is cremated, his ashes buried in Westminster Abbey near the tomb of Sir Isaac Newto N.
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