LONDON – Hundreds of people lined the streets of Cambridge, UK on Saturday, and got applause when the hearse with the remains of famed scientist Stephen Hawking came to a local church for a private funeral for 500 invited guests
Dr. Hawking died on March 14, at the age of 76, after catching popular fantasy with his writings on space and time.
His book "A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes", published in 1988, has sold more than 10 million copies and inspired a documentary by Errol Morris. His own story was the basis for the award-winning feature film "The Theory of Everything" of 2014.
The actor Eddie Redmayne, who portrayed Hawking in the 2014 biographical drama Hawking, gave a reading from Ecclesiastes during the service in St. Petersburg. Mary the Great Church. There was also a reading from Martin Rees, the British astronomer Royal, and eulogies from one of Hawking's children and a former student.
The service was led by Rev. Cally Hammond, the Dean of Gonville and Caius College at the University of Cambridge. Hawking was a member for 52 years.
Flags were lowered to half-mast in many parts of Cambridge to pay tribute to him.
Dr. Hawking, who suffered from motor neurone disease, was known for his pioneering research on black holes and other phenomena.
Even as he gradually lost control of his muscles, he traveled the globe to scientific gatherings and visited every continent, including the Antarctic; wrote bestseller about his work; married twice; fathered three children; and was not about "The Simpsons", "Star Trek: The Next Generation" or "The Big Bang Theory" appeared.
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