World’s renowned physicist, Stephen Hawking who died last Wednesday, 14th March, 2018 will forever rest in one of United Kingdom’s most notable religious buildings, the Westminster Abbey. According to the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Hawking’s ashes will be interred in the legendary church, which also happens to be the resting place of so many great scientists.
In his words, “It is entirely fitting that the remains of Professor Stephen Hawking are to be buried 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 about the mystery of life and the universe,” Hall said.
Hall’s statement also went on to note that scientist and inventor, Sir Isaac Newton was buried in the Abbey in 1727 and that the legendary naturalist, Charles Darwin was also buried beside Newton in 1882. The statement also noted that a service of songs for the late physic will be celebrated later in the year before his ashes are interred near Newton’s grave.
Since the death of the acclaimed theoretical physicist, tributes from across the world has continued to grow for a man who lived more 50 years more than many expected, considering he was just 21 when he was diagnosed with a form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The disease gradually paralyzed him and was stuck to using a wheelchair while he spoke through a computer system operated with his cheek.
Hawking and Newton have shared space before, kind of. In a 1993 episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Hawking, Newton and Albert Einstein are seen as holograms playing poker with Lt. Commander Data; one of Hawking’s many pop culture appearances.
More recent scientists buried in the Abbey include atomic physicists Ernest Rutherford in 1937 and Joseph John Thomson in 1940.