The funeral of the renowned theoretical physicist Prof. Stephen Hawking will take place later in Cambridge.
Prof. Hawking, suffering from motor neurone disease, died at his home in the city on March 1
. 500 invited family members, friends and colleagues attend a private service at the Great St Mary University Church at 2:00 pm # 39; s expected
Prof. Hawking's Ashes will be buried next to the tomb of Sir Isaac Newton at Westminster Abbey in June.
Although the professor's funeral is private, crowds outside Great St Mary's are expected to gather in the center of Cambridge to witness the arrival of the funeral cortege on Saturday afternoon.
The funeral is followed by a private reception at Trinity College
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Although complete road closures are not planned, traffic is temporarily disrupted in parts of Cambridge as the funeral walk from the professor's house in the west of the city passes to the King's Parade and the Great Mary's Church area.
It is likely that the congestion will increase, the university has said.
A book of condolences opened by Prof. Hawking on the morning of the death will be available to the public at the Gonville and Caius College porter's lodge, more than 50 years old.
A Thanksgiving service will be held on June 15 at Westminster Abbey in London. During this time, the professor's ashes is buried next to the grave buried in 1727 by Sir Isaac Newton Charles Darwin, who was buried in 1882.
The Dean of Westminster, the Dear Dr. John Hall said it was "perfectly fitting" that the final resting place of the professor was "close to eminent scientists."