Thousands of mourners and well-wishers lined the streets of Cambridge on Saturday morning for the funeral of the famous physicist Stephen Hawking
The ceremony took place in the University Church of St Mary the Great near Gonville and Caius College boasts a building, named after the iconic British professor.
Eddie Redmayne, who took an Oscar for his portrayal of Hawking in the 2014 film "The Theory of Everything", was one of the readers during the service, and Felicity Jones – who played his wife Jane Hawking – was also present. Other guests arriving here are Elon Musk, Model Lily Cole and the playwright Alan Bennett.
Hawking, who was diagnosed with motor neuron disease at age 21, fought the deadly degenerative disease and became one of the world's leading scientific minds.
He gained international recognition with the publication of "A Brief History of Time" in 1988. His work since then has ranged from the origins of the universe to time travel and the probing of black holes in space.
Hawking died peacefully at his home in Cambridge on March 14th. He was 76.
Crowds of people flooding the streets cheered as the hearse drove to the memorial service in front of the church on Saturday.
The ceremony included space music specially composed for Hawking titled "Beyond the night sky. "It was inspired by a poem and quotes in" A Brief History of Time "and sounds familiar in recordings from outer space.
The eldest son of Professor Robert, former student Fay Dowker and astronomer Royal Martin Rees were also (19659016) Members of the church choir arrive at the Great St Marys Church, where the funeral of the theoretical physicist Hawking takes place on Saturday in Cambridge, UK. "Src =" http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.3907111.1522510329/img /httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/article_750/people-hawking-funeral.jpg "/> (Henry Nicholls / REUTERS)
Church choir members arrive at the Great St Marys Church, where the funeral of theoretical physicist Hawking takes place on Saturday in Cambridge, UK.
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"His name will live in the annals of science, millions have broadened their cosmic horizon through its best-selling books, and even more, around the world, have been a unique example of achievement Inspired by all adversity – a manifestation of amazing willpower and determination, "Rees said in a tribute published earlier this month.
Hawking's ashes are slated to be buried in June along with people like Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin in Westminster Abbey.
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