On Saturday, March 31, the world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking was buried in England. Thousands of mourners were reportedly lining the streets as the scientist's family and friends said goodbye. As reported by People actor Eddie Redmayne visited Hawking's funeral, and the 36-year-old even read a book to help honor the man whom he embodies so memorably in 2014 The Theory of Everything
Redmayne seems to have remained close to Hawking even after filming The Theory of Everything . The actor was one of the first to give the physicist a tribute after he died on March 1
The beautiful spirit, an amazing scientist, and the funniest man I could ever meet. My love and thoughts are with his extraordinary family.
For there is one season and one time for every thing under the sky:
It was time for the doctors to tell Hawking that he had little of because of his ALS, though he had his expectations after the 1970s. The passage that Redmayne chose to read is one that captures the mind of a man who lived every moment of his life with a deep sense of purpose and a keen understanding that time is finite.
Redmayne was far from Hawking's only famous face's funeral. Lily Cole, Elon Musk, Barbara Broccoli, Alan Bennett, and Dara O'Brien were loud People mourners. The BBC reports that Hawking's eldest son Robert, his former student Professor Fay Dowker and astronomer Royal Martin Rees also spoke at the funeral. In her eulogy for her teacher, Dowker is said to have said,
"Stephen was my teacher, mentor, and friend."
It is true that Hawking felt greater than life. He was a man whose work has literally changed the world, and it's hard to believe he's gone. His story, however, will live on through his family, his peers, his contributions to science, and, yes, through Redmayne's portrayal. While the film may seem like a small thing compared to the incredible life the physicist lived in, it's another part of his legacy, and one that could show his work to people who would not have otherwise.
The world has truly lost a great human being since Hawking died, but as Redmayne's reading so beautifully illustrated, he used his time while in this world.
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