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Stephen Hawking to rest in peace next to Newton and Darwin

Stephen Hawking to rest in peace next to Newton and Darwin

Posted March. 22, 2018 07:57,   

Updated March. 22, 2018 07:57

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World-renowned theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking will rest in peace next to Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.

Space.com, a U.S. space and astronomy news website, reported Tuesday that London’s Westminster Abbey decided the ashes of Stephen Hawking would be interred later this year at the thanksgiving service near the grave of Isaac Newton. The thanksgiving service will be held in commemoration of the late scientist.

Newton and Darwin were interred at Westminster Abbey in 1727 and 1882, respectively. “It is entirely fitting that Hawking’s remains will be placed in the abbey near those of distinguished fellow scientists. We believe it to be vital that science and religion work together to seek to answer the great questions of the mystery of life and of the universe,” said the Very Rev. John R. Hall, the dean of Westminster.

“Our father lived and worked in Cambridge for over 50 years. He was an integral and highly recognisable 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,” said Hawking’s children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, in an interview with the BBC. “The service will be both inclusive and traditional, reflecting the breadth and diversity of his life.”


Taek Kyoon Sohn sohn@donga.com