Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Stephen Hawking's voice to be beamed into space at final send-off

Stephen Hawking’s ashes will be interred between major British scientific figures Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin at Westminster Abbey Stephen Hawking’s ashes will be interred between major British scientific figures Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin at Westminster Abbey
Theresa Hayes | 17 June, 2018, 21:04

The British physicist, known for his acclaimed work on black holes, will be laid to rest during a service at London's Westminster Abbey.

Close friends and family, Hawking's first wife Jane will also play an active role.

The voice of theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking will be beamed into space with a message of peace and hope on Friday.

Specifically, Hawking's words are to be beamed up and out from the European Space Agency's Cebreros station, and will be pointed at our nearest black hole, known by hole watchers as space object 1A 0620-00.

The voice of Stephen Hawking was beamed into space with a message of peace and hope on Friday as the British physicist, who gained global acclaim for his work on black holes, was laid to rest during a service at London's Westminster Abbey.

Hawking conducted groundbreaking research into black holes and the origins of the universe, and gained global fame as a popularizer and communicator of science. In a dismissal that underlines his firm rejection of religious comforts, Britain's most eminent scientist told the Guardian in 2011 that there was nothing beyond the moment when the brain flickers for the final time.

Hawking, who captured the imagination of millions around the world, died on March 14 at the age of 76.

A host of celebrities including Benedict Cumberbatch, Carol Vorderman and David Walliams today remembered the life of Professor Stephen Hawking (inset).

Hawking lived with motor neurone disease, a debilitating neurological illness, and lost the use of his vocal chords in the 1980s.

Guests at the service will include 1,000 members of the public selected by ballot.

An address will be given by Astronomer Royal Martin Rees, and Hawking's collaborator and Nobel prize victor Kip Thorne will give a tribute. That equation accompanied a depiction of a black hole along with the words, "Here lies what was mortal of Stephen Hawking, 1942-2018". "This is a pity, because if they had, I would have got a Nobel Prize", he joked.

FILE - In this August 29, 2012 file photo, British physicist, Professor Stephen Hawking during the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Paralympics in London.

More than 3,000 people have been buried or commemorated at London's Westminster Abbey, one of the capital's most historic and recognized landmarks.