31 Mar '18, 3am

Family, friends bid farewell to renowned physicist Stephen Hawking

Family, friends bid farewell to renowned physicist Stephen Hawking

LONDON (AFP) - Friends, family and colleagues of British scientist Stephen Hawking will gather on Saturday (March 31) to pay their respects at his private funeral in Cambridge, where he spent most of his extraordinary life. Hawking, who died on March 14 at the age of 76, was famously an atheist but his children Lucy, Robert and Tim have chosen the town's university church, St Mary the Great, to say their farewell. "Our father's life and work meant many things to many people, both religious and non-religious. So, the service will be both inclusive and traditional, reflecting the breadth and diversity of his life," they have said. Tributes poured in from around the world upon Hawking's death, from Queen Elizabeth II to NASA, reflecting his huge impact as a physicist and an inspiration, in his refusal to give up in the face of physical disability. But the service at St Mary c...

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