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Wednesday, 21 March 2018 - 12:15
Stephen Hawking to be buried near graves of Isaac Newton & Charles Darwin
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Professor Stephen Hawking's funeral will take place at the Cambridge University church on March 31, the scientist and cultural icon's family announced.

The service will be held in the prestigious institution's Great St Mary's church, a short distance from Gonville and Caius College, where he worked at unlocking the secrets of the universe for more than 52 years.

British physicist Hawking died aged 76 on March 14 after a cosmic career in which his mental genius transcended his physical disability.

Hawking was famously an atheist, something his children Lucy, Robert and Tim touched on, as they thanked people for their "wonderful tributes" and messages of condolence.

Several thousand people have signed a book of condolence at Gonville and Caius, while many more from around the world have sent messages in an online version.

Hawking defied predictions that he would only live for a few years after developing a form of motor neurone disease in his early 20s.

The illness gradually robbed him of mobility, leaving him confined to a wheelchair, almost completely paralysed and unable to speak except through his trademark voice synthesiser.

He became one of the world's most well-regarded scientists and entered the pantheon of science titans.
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