Professor Stephen Hawking laid to rest in Westminster Abbey

June 2018
Professor Stephen Hawking.

Professor Stephen Hawking, who died in March at the age of 76, has had his ashes interred between those of Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin at a memorial service in Westminster Abbey.

The service was attended by more than a thousand people.

Professor Hawking, who was one of the world’s best-known scientists, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in his early 20s and was given only years to live. He delighted in defying that prognosis and, among his many other achievements, became an advocate for the rights of people with disabilities.

One of his last public engagements had been an event with Sightsavers to celebrate the legacy of his father, Dr Frank Hawking, who developed some of the first treatments for the neglected tropical disease lymphatic filariasis.

Sightsavers’ chairman Martin Dinham, who was among the guests at the memorial, said: “Professor Hawking was one of the most brilliant intellects of our time. As well as deepening our understanding of the universe, his was an impelling personal legacy.”

Watch Professor Hawking's speech from Sightsavers’ NTD event in December 2017.

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