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Stephen Hawking Ashes Interred next to Newton and Darwin at Westminster Abbey

British cosmologist Stephen Hawking's Ashes was Interred Yesterday(15th June) at Westminster Abbey in London. His ashes are buried among other physics figures, such as Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.

The physicist had expressed a wish: that the summary of his life-work, the "Hawking equation", be recorded in his Lepidus.

Hawking equation

Hawking ashes was Interred between Newton, who formalized the law of universal gravitation and laid the foundations of modern mathematics, and Darwin, the author of the theory of evolution of species through natural selection.

British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, American physicist Kip Thorne and British astronomer Tim Peake also attended the ceremony.

In the Westminster Abbey are buried some of the most relevant people in the history of the United Kingdom, from monarchs and politicians to scientists and writers.

The last burials of scientists were Ernest Rutherford, a pioneer of nuclear physics in 1937, and Joseph John Thomson in 1940.


Scientist Stephen Hawking died in March at age 76 at his home in Cambridge.

He spent most of his life in a wheelchair and communicates through a computer. He was a carrier of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a rare, degenerative disease that paralyzes the muscles of the body. The disease was detected when he was 21 years old. At the time, the prognoses were two years of life.

He majored in Physics at the University of Oxford, a doctorate in Cambridge where he later taught.

The physicist stood out above all for the innovative studies of the universe. He played a decisive role in the investigation of black holes and in the conception of cosmic time and space.


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