Hawking's Ashes Will Rest Next to a Scientific Great

His ashes will be kept at London's Westminster Abbey
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 21, 2018 5:53 AM CDT
British physicist Professor Stephen Hawking speaks during the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Paralympics in London.   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)
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(Newser) – Stephen Hawking's final resting place will be among other famous scientists like Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin. Hawking's ashes will be interred at London’s Westminster Abbey, next to Newton's grave, at a Thanksgiving ceremony later this year, the Abbey has revealed. The Dean of Westminster said the location was "entirely fitting." A private funeral service will also be held for Hawking, who died March 14, at Great St. Mary's church at the University of Cambridge on March 31, reports the BBC. "He was an integral and highly recognizable part of the university and the city. For this reason, we have decided to hold his funeral in the city that he loved so much and which loved him," Hawking's family says in a statement. (Here's what Hawking wanted on his tombstone.)

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