Stephen Hawking He left us last week at 76, sick with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis that developed at age 21.
Now his ashes will rest together with Newton and Darwin, in Westminster Abbey.
Westminster Abbey is the final resting place of 17 monarchs and some of the most important figures in the history of Great Britain. Next to the buried ashes of Issac Newton and Charles Darwin will now also include those of Stephen Hawking. The funeral, which will be private, will take place on March 31 in Cambridge.
The burial within the Westminster Abbey It is an honor that is rarely granted. The most recent burials of scientists were those of Ernest Rutherford, a pioneer of nuclear physics, in 1937, and of Joseph John Thomson, who discovered electrons, in 1940.
In the call Poets' Corner some of the main English writers are buried; and, in addition to scientists, also explorers, politicians, military, painters, musicians and even internationally renowned actors, such as David Livingstone, Charles Dickens, John Milton, Laurence Olivier or Alexander Pope.