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Stars turn out for Stephen Hawking memorial at Westminster Abbey

Stars turn out for Stephen Hawking memorial at Westminster Abbey

Science
Tributes have been paid to renowned physicist Prof Stephen Hawking in a Westminster Abbey memorial service.British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who played Hawking in a BBC drama, and astronaut Tim Peake were among those giving readings at the ceremony.Prof Hawking died in March, aged 76, after a long battle with motor neurone disease.His ashes are being buried alongside other great scientists like Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton.25,000 applicationsEnglish Astronomer Royal, Lord Martin Rees, and Prof Hawking's collaborator and Nobel prize winner, Kip Thorne, also gave tributes during the service.TV personalities David Walliams and Piers Morgan, musician Nile Rodgers and Prof Brian Cox were among those who joined members of the publ...
Prof Stephen Hawking funeral: Legacy 'will live forever'

Prof Stephen Hawking funeral: Legacy 'will live forever'

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceThe legacy of Prof Stephen Hawking will live forever, mourners at the theoretical physicist's funeral heard.Prof Hawking, who had motor neurone disease, died on 14 March, aged 76, at his home in Cambridge.Actor Eddie Redmayne was one of several speakers at a service at the university church, Great St Mary's.The professor's eldest son Robert, former student Prof Fay Dowker and Astronomer Royal Martin Rees also gave addresses to the congregation.As the funeral cortege arrived at the church, the bell rang out 76 times - once for each year of Prof Hawking's life.His close family, including his three children Lucy, Robert and Tim, followed behind the hearse carrying the professor's coffin.As it pulled up, the vehicle was met with applause from the hun...
Thousands gather in Cambridge for Stephen Hawking's funeral

Thousands gather in Cambridge for Stephen Hawking's funeral

World
March 31 (UPI) -- Thousands lined the streets in Cambridge Saturday to pay tribute to the great physicist Stephen Hawking.In his early twenties, the renowned British physicist was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. He died at his Cambridge home March 14 at age 76.About 500 people attended the private funeral service for Hawking at University Church of St. Mary the Great, a church near the university where he worked for more than 50 years.Hawking's expertise in astrophysics and cosmology rose to prominence in 1988 with the publication of A Brief History of Time, a book that sold more than 10 million copies in 35 languages.As people aligned the streets waiting for the funeral procession, people shared stories of how much Hawking meant to them. Several ...
Stephen Hawking's final interview: A beautiful Universe

Stephen Hawking's final interview: A beautiful Universe

Science
Last October I invited Prof Stephen Hawking to comment on the detection of gravitational waves from the collision of two neutron stars. It turned out to be his final broadcast interview.The collision was a really big story for many reasons, not least because within minutes of the detection the world's telescopes were trained on what was an incredible cosmic event.This meant that as well as detecting the ripples in space-time from the merger, astronomers could see also for the first time what happens when two incredibly massive objects come together in a process that may be the only way of creating gold and platinum in the Universe.It was definitely one for Prof Hawking to explain. Einstein's waves detected in star smashGravitational waves: A new 'tape measure'In recent years, he made comme...
What to know about ALS, the disease that affected scientist Stephen Hawking

What to know about ALS, the disease that affected scientist Stephen Hawking

Health
One of the world’s most well-known physicists, Stephen Hawking, became famous for his efforts to explain black holes, the nature of time and the origins of the universe during his long career at Cambridge University. He was also a symbol of triumph over physical adversity, since he did this work while also fighting a debilitating disorder called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, that attacked his muscle function and ultimately left him confined to a wheelchair, with little independent movement. According to his official website, "In 1963, Hawking contracted motor neuron disease and was given two years to live." He died on Wednesday, 55 years later, at the age of 76. ALS is commonly called Lou Gehrig’s disease after the star New York Yankees player who died from the disease at the